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Old 10/24/05, 10:50 AM
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Preventing water from going bad?

I was just wondering if anyone out there had any ways of keeping water from going bad. I have several 55 gallon barrels as well as open water troughs that after a while, begin to get green and sticky with algae and bubbles as the water begins to accumulate gunk. I know this is a normal reaction to sunlight but even when I cover the things, with tarps or other materials, I can't stop the growth. In the army, we used some iodine solution to purify water before we drank it and obviously, pools use low concentrations of chlorine. Is there any low tech methods folks out there use before I resort to something else?
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Old 10/24/05, 07:08 PM
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Apple cider vinegar (the real stuff not the flavored stuff) works well...especially if this water is for livestock use as it is actually good for them.
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Old 10/25/05, 09:03 PM
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I have heard folks swear by keeping a few cheap goldfish in the tanks to eat the algae. But I don't know how they'd overwinter. I've also heard that the raccoons will go fishing for those goldfish.

I've also heard that keeping a few copper pennies in the tanks will help to slow the algae growth. I HAVE tried that, and didn't see a whole lot of difference.

Can you say "scrub the tanks once a week"?

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Old 10/31/05, 10:13 AM
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In organic agriculture, we use Hydrogen Peroxide to cleanse things instead of bleach and doses are used in water for purification etc. This would keep the water clean and is healthful for the animals. I am unsure of the doses, but maybe do a search using the term organic in the title and something should pop up.
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Old 10/31/05, 02:54 PM
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There is an underwater plant that is used in horse water tanks that prevent algie, I'll phone some horse people I know and ask after they get home from work tonight.
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Old 10/31/05, 08:27 PM
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I use small mineral blocks (they fit in the palm of your hand)in all stock troughs that contain trace elements of zinc, copper, cobalt etc, so they act as a mineral supplement for the animals as well as keeping the troughs clean. I'm sure they'd be available in the US as well as here in NZ ?
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Old 11/01/05, 08:43 PM
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if other stuff can live in it, it's likely ok for pigs to drink. Algae is safe to eat, we dont simply from the taste, but pigs like it
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