posted on May, 9 2011 @ 09:16 AM
Did some driving around yesterday around some flooded areas. North of St. Louis (Alton IL) the Mississippi and Missouri are high but the flooding is
Aaaannnnddd...the bad news comes.
I belong to an aquarium society and water is, of course, the primary medium for healthy fish.
Due to the flooding, the water treatment facilities are using more chloramine to treat the water. Due to flooding, the water has more agricultural
run-off, so nitrates are high. One of our most competent fishkeepers had a few tanks of fish die after water changes. He tested the water-high in
nitrates and chloramine (this is AFTER he used chloramine reducer).
St. Louis generally has good water that tests out well after treatment. St. Louis also has a company that makes aquarium water treatments JUST for
St. Louis water. The fact that this stuff did not work makes me nervous. Usually the city messes with the water in August-there is usually a spike
in cryptosporidium at this time of year.
I understand this is not earthquake related per se. But if you are on city water where you live and there has been flooding upstream of you, check
your water. Aquarium stores have cheap water test kits. pH, nitrates are easy to test for. Out of the tap, you want a pH of 7 to 10 (neutral to
alkaline) with no nitrates.
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edit on 5/9/2011 by katfish because: (no reason given)