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PostSubject: Tap water for reptiles   3/17/2009, 8:55 pm

Basically I had a guy on you tube being rather rude using starred out expletives saying that using tap water was severely detrimental to the health of my WD's. This guy lives in canada.
(It's regarding my video of '15 WD's in a bath' which was also posted on here) I removed the comments because i thought that the sarcasm and expletives were unnecessary and spoiled other peoples internet experience, when a simple straight forward constructive criticism would have sufficed.

Now I know there here in the uk there are VERY strict guidelines about our drinking water. And although I know that there is chlorine in the water and off the shelf products to take this out, is using normal tap water that detrimental to WD's. because i have never read about this before.

Personally I must admit to being a bit hit and miss about using dechlorinating products, especially with having a hectic home life... I cant remember everything at the end of the day!
But I have never seen any ill effects in my WD's. I know the playing dead in the water is an in built instinct deployed in situations where the WD feels nervous or threatened - this guy was basically saying that my lizards were doing it because of shock to the water. But none of my WD's had had loss of colour, apatite, or any other general health issues that would be attributed to the condition of the water.

So I know that the babies 'playing dead' in the water isn't to do with tap water because they would have done it in their aquarium water in their enclosure.

But i would like to hear other peoples opinions on this matter and any research results that would suggest that normal tap water is severely detrimental.
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/17/2009, 9:08 pm

The only thing I can think of is added fluoride that a lot of municipal systems have . . . chlorine is in very low concentrations and evaporates rather quickly from unsealed containers.

Does your local water supplier publish an annual report? The town I live in sends out a report each year detailing what the requirements are for our water and what the test results were for just about anything, so you'll know exactly what is in your water.

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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/17/2009, 9:11 pm

aaah right this guy was saying it was the chlorine that was causing them to play dead

I can ring for a report but upon seeing the statistics i wouldn't know what was an ok level and what would be damaging.
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/17/2009, 10:13 pm

Thousands have been using it for years with no detrimental effects.
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 6:25 am

I personally think it is fine. If you can afford to use something like dionised water, or dechlorinated, go for it. But so many people ue tap water for their reptiles I am sure its not detrimental.
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 6:57 am

thats what i thought. but for a minute i thought that at some point over the years i had missed something important in the hobby about using tap water.

I was pretty sure this was a person who obviously had nothing better to do with their time than be nasty. however I ended up having to delete the vidoe off you tube last night because when one starts.... they all start.
and the massacre started about 1am this morning, so i took the video off. shame but these cyber vultures can go and peck at someone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 10:56 am

Can't you disable comments? It's a shame to lose your video because of one bored hat.

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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 2:00 pm

dont worry about his comments. Ive always been told that FISH must have water thats been sat our for 24 hours so its safe!
When a little girl I had a goldfish, once a week out he went into fresh tap water in a bucket. Emptied his tank, cleaned it and filled up with tap water and a splash of HOT water and in he would go again. Lived for years.

Then there I am with some nice goldfish in a bigger tank. Changing the water bit by bit, letting it stand. All DIED!!!

Now when I clean my fish out. I clean the sides, get it all swirling about. take what I want out and then just TAP WATER!
they are fine.

Gah! why do people always have to rub their thoughts on other people.

Ignore him. your WD's are fine!
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 2:15 pm

problem is mike, when one idiot gets bored and starts being offensive, it seems to be a trigger for other bored people to stick their ten pence worth in as well. Next thing you have a big internet argument going on and I truly believe that spoils it for other people.

I will be quite honest I have been a regular on this forum for longer than any other herp/invertebrate forum purely because that attitude problem doesn't appear on here. Much like with the BTS website. yes there are sometimes heated discussions but they are civil and productive. not an outright slagging match.... unless of course it is in jest and taken that way.

but anyway glad to have cleared that up about the whole tap water thing, thank you for everyones comments.
Which reminds me i need to do the WD's aquarium tonight lol! OMG i am going to have to use.... DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNN... tap water! hehehe
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 5:53 pm

the levels of fluoride and chlorine in tap water is not dangerous at all dont worry about it Lisa.
I have read many times how we should use bottled water for reptiles and arachnids etc etc
but lets be honest not many people would be comfortable wasting money like that,
its just not really needed at all lol
some people just like to be nasty just for the sake of it
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 6:12 pm

aye its a shame
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 8:04 pm

I mean, can't you leave your video up but not allow comments to be posted at all? I thought that was an option on YouTube.

Found it! On an individual video, you can go to "edit," and under "broadcasting and sharing options" you can disallow comments.

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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/18/2009, 8:41 pm

aaah right thanks for that mike, I dont use it to upload that often and didn't realise.

I'll get around to uploading it again because the majority of people enjoyed it Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/20/2009, 6:42 am

Look on the bright side at least your dragons will have whiter/brighter teeth than their relatives of their homeland.
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PostSubject: Re: Tap water for reptiles   3/20/2009, 7:19 am

*fell off chair laughing*

good way of looking at it lmao!
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