Posted 4/13/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)
Redrose-- I know that I give my fish the following meds at times (though they seldom need it) metronidazole, nitrifurazone, tetracyclines, sulpha drugs, quinine, formalyn, copper sulphate, and methyline blue. All of which are supposed to be removed by charcoal filtration (I have to remove my charcoal when I treat them and replace it to remove the drugs. My dad is a chemical engineer and prefers reverse osmosis personally, though distillation is better for getting rid of all chemicals, he said a charcoal filter put on to your pump if large enough will definitely remove a lot of stuff. Iron filtration containing potassium permaganate can remove many things too. But charcoal is the overall best, which is why they give it to you when you overdose on drugs. I can find you plans on the internet for making such a filter and I know they have some at home depot that go on your water intake. Zeolite, a white carbon like material, is especially good for ammonia. I don't know about chlorine, how that can be removed without reverse osmosis or distillation, but I plan to put a good charcoal filter on my well when I get the money. My doc has recommended distilled for me and my endo said to just drink gatoraid if I feel out of sorts. There's always vitamins too, if I need them, I do drink the mixes like south beach, propel and others that have various vitamin, calcium, and other ingredients too.
I started off the tap/spring water with my urinary tract problem and went to distilled and I think it has finally cleared up, though it took forever.
I guess you can make a charcoal filter out of a water softener, some guys at a used pump place told me they could make about any kind of filter you wanted from an old water softener, so that's an idea to go on the cheap. Water softeners add sodium to your water, which for me is really bad because I retain water and need a low sodium diet now. YOu might want to ask the doc about that. I can get you some large scale filter plans that people use for filtering large scale fish places, its the same filtration method. I'm sure theres some on the web too. Your hubby might be able to rig something up. I'm interested in those new water pitchers, I don't know if they work. Oh, you can also buy a home distiller for your pressure cooker that allows you to distill water at home, though only a gallon at a time.
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