William Butrell

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I've discovered that moldy water will keep stagnant water safe for fish and drinking.  Water flowing towards a pond pushes leaves and grass down and mold grows under it, "treating" the water naturally.  I discovered that the lid that was under the weight of the aquarium that was holding splashed water (the upturned lid with rim was holding splashed water under the aquarium) was moldy (but fresh smelling) and adding that moldy water in the upturned lid under the aquarium to the water in the aquarium made the bubbler or filter non-essential (and the moldy water is similar to a chemical treatment in that the bubbler stirs up dirt and now the bubbler is non-essential).  If you use moldy water as treatment, the water can be completely stagnant but good.

If you were to construct it, you could make sure no water flows into it or to control the flow so it very gently goes into the body of water, because just slight flow if it's not controlled is the source of dirty and cloudy water, and to figure out a way to add moldy water to it.  Personally, I think you'd have to cover an area of the water with plastic when adding water on top of the plastic to reduce dirt stirred up.
1 year ago
That's exactly what I'm talking about, that it was making me sick before I added the mold and turned off the bubbler.  Without using a bubbler, you don't get dirt stirred up in a dirted container, so when I did the most recent water change, the water I expect should be cleaner at the bottom the next time I do a water change because the bubbler isn't constantly stirring up dirt (stopped using it).  All the flavor of a natural creek in the woods isn't there yet, but with the dirt in the water column reduced and the mold also working, I expect to not wake up with a bit churning stomache now.  But I'll update if it is still making me nauseous in the morning, but I don't think I will, but will update in a few days to see if it's working.  I agree that filtered water doesn't taste good.
1 year ago
I wonder if anybody else pressure boils their city water?  I saw that chloramine had a boiling point just under the boiling point of water and it seems to work, because just boiling doesn't seem to get rid of the chloramine part.  I put it in a gallon milk container afterwards and leave out in the sun to get rid of any boiled taste.
1 year ago