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Filtering calcium from tap water

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by discarn8, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. discarn8

    discarn8 Arachnopeon

    Here where we live, our water is hard and contains LOTS of calcium - which leaves the annoying spots on the cages as well as the mineral deposits on the water dishes which require much elbow grease to remove [grrrr]

    But more importantly, we have read that it is not good for our T's as it can ultimately affect their molt process if they have too much calcium in their diet. [True?]

    Has any one ever successfully filtered the calcium out of their tap water? We read that someone used ?peat-moss? to do it but... I'm a little leary pouring boiling tap water over the peat-moss and then also leaving it in the water dish as was recommended.

    Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Amoeba

    Amoeba Arachnolord

    Get a gallon of bottled water from the store it should last you a month or two, when empty repeat.

    There is also no real proof that eating calcium is bad for Ts but there is also no need to feed vertebrates. Also I can't think of anyone who had a T die from hard water, but better safe than sorry I guess
  3. SpiderNurse

    SpiderNurse Arachnopeon

    The bottled water is a good idea. I use the filtered water from our fridge for mine (and myself). In my area, I would be more concerned about chlorine than calcium, though. Sometimes it's so bad that you can smell it (ugh). If we didn't have fridge filter, I would get a pitcher with a filter because I personally can't bring myself to drink plain tap water anymore lol.
  4. discarn8

    discarn8 Arachnopeon

    Well, bad thing is that we would go through a gallon a week probably... We have four T's and 2 black widows - we give them nothing but water that has been "distilled" - and by that, I mean - the water has sat out in a 2-liter bottle for at least 48 hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

    if anything, I guess we can get a faucet filter - thought about it but don't want to pay for it :p .... I was just hoping that someone had found a good "do-it-yourself-at-home-remedy"

  5. filter water with a Brita filter I guess... I use tap water despite it being a bad choice... I have over 100 ts cannot afford to buy gallons of water + im low on cash.. would be broke if I didnt feed my Ts roaches
    no job in 12 months... LOW IN CASH
    if you got the cash buy gallons of water... but a good water filter will do just as well
  6. discarn8

    discarn8 Arachnopeon

    You don't think it would cause change in appetite when using tap water, do you? Both of our G.Rosea's are not eating (one has not eaten in MONTHS and the other - has not eaten since we bought her from another family about two months ago.) We feed them crickets - both store bought and "home-raised" and have also tried meal worms - not even a second glance from either of them. We are using coconut fiber as the bedding, they have full bowls of water, the temp is about 78°F and the humidity is anywhere between 40 and 70% - depending on what time of day it is.

    Both are fairly active but seem to love the side of the aquarium where they "hug" it - one almost to the point of laying sideways! :-? is that normal?
  7. Amoeba

    Amoeba Arachnolord

    I have 9 Ts at the moment and I don't go through a gallon in a month so I have no idea how you manage to.
  8. Sam_Peanuts

    Sam_Peanuts Arachnobaron

  9. Hornets inverts

    Hornets inverts Arachnobaron

    tap water shouldnt cause any problems, if its safe for humans to drink your t's should be fine with it. If you really want to you can buy yourself a cheap reverse osmosis unit or if you brew your own spirits use your still to make your own distilled water, either that or buy distilled water. Remember most bottled waters (spring water) have plenty of minerals including calcium in them.