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#326155 - 06/27/07 06:35 PM Home water testing ….
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Home water testing …. ????

This thread … http://www.sugarglider.net/ubbthreads/ub...ge=0#Post326153

Called … Are Infections/Illnesses Related to Certain Diets?


Got me thinking???????????

So the question I have is there a way to test water at home for anything that we could use to help the health of our gliders?

What could be tested for?
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#326214 - 06/27/07 08:35 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: Xglider]
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Great Question John, Thanks! I am curious too!
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#326231 - 06/27/07 08:55 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: BlndGrl8]
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Can't Giardia be found in the water?

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#326242 - 06/27/07 09:21 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: glidergrl1513]
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I know we have some medically trained members here … hoping they can chime in on what can be tested for … hard water .. I am thinking lead … chorine… bromine … ??? reaching into college chemistry a bit … so is there something we can do???
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#326245 - 06/27/07 09:23 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: Xglider]
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Kristin .. thanks .. a take off from your thread ... sounds like you are doing the same things I am … diet, came cage, … so this is all I can think of,,, and maybe we can find something … lets hope …
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#326255 - 06/27/07 09:34 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: Xglider]
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I hope so too John. Maybe there are at home water testing kits we could use. I know my dad used to use one when he wanted to test the chlorine level of the hot-tub, so I would think there would be a kit for regular drinking water as well...
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#326276 - 06/27/07 10:00 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: BlndGrl8]
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Kristin, That's a good point, I wonder if they do have something like that? Maybe in the camping section of the store? I'll have to check next time I go...
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#326280 - 06/27/07 10:12 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: sugarglidersuz]
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I have used pool tests for my regular water before.
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#326284 - 06/27/07 10:23 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: tootles]
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I need to know what we should be looking for ...

i found this:
Bacteria in Water Test Kit, The Do It Yourself Test Kit

http://www.safetycentral.com/bacinwattesk.html

Please read ... i can not 'cut and paste' ...
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#326287 - 06/27/07 10:27 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: Xglider]
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We don't personally do the tests, but they do mail us out something every season basically saying don't drink the water. Something about traces of lead, gasoline, and arsenic in the local tap water.

Suggies and I only get bottled water! Maybe a testing kit for aquariums? Or call your local water plant and ask them if it is safe?
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#326297 - 06/27/07 10:38 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: PocketPrincess]
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you can test for the same things that you test for in a aquarium, ph, Kh, nitrates, choline.. Those are the MAIN tests used, i dont know how knowing those levels will effect the health of your gliders, minus the chlorine.. and as far testing for giardia, i dont know if there are tests for the when it is in water...

I have a filter that attaches to the faucet and it would eliminate any of those things, including giardia.

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#326301 - 06/27/07 10:43 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: ]
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ok here are some more my fiance was telling me..

theres tests for
GH, ammonia, chloramine, phosphate*

he said that all you have to do is call your water company and they can tell you ALL of the levels for everything that is in your water.. some water has a lot of calcium, depending on where you live - you cant test for those at home (that i know of) but your water company knows all the levels of all trace elements in your water/. they can tell you all of the levels DAILY..

really it seems completely useless to test the water because the amount of time you spend testing and then trying to figure out the ppm, and what that means for your suggies and how it will effect them, you might as well go out and buy a reverse osmosis filter, or even a brita filters or some bottles water and just use that. Testing is a HUGE hassle, even for fish tanks and they KNOW what tthe levels should be for every fish, i wouldnt want to try to figure it for suggies.


Edited by LindsayAnnG (06/27/07 10:47 PM)

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#326394 - 06/28/07 01:28 AM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: ]
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here's another do it yourself test kit- the site has a list of the normal sensitivity levels

http://www.alerg.com/page/A/PROD/TK/TK1001?gclid=CP3xgJCS_owCFQeOgQodigInDg

the one thing I don't see listed in these test kits is fluoride. Each city/state has different levels of fluoride that they add to the water. While fluoride is used in dental care for cats/dogs- how much do our suggies need?
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#326423 - 06/28/07 04:54 AM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: jacknsally]
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I have no idea about suggies, but we have recovered Giardia in people who are on well water.
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#326450 - 06/28/07 07:33 AM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: Msdoolittle]
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Here is a site that has most local water reports from the EPA.

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html

I don't know if the levels considered 'safe' for people would be safe for gliders or what, specifically, affects them. dunno
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#326547 - 06/28/07 10:33 AM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: ]
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Loc: Tampa, FL
Originally Posted By: LindsayAnnG

really it seems completely useless to test the water because the amount of time you spend testing and then trying to figure out the ppm, and what that means for your suggies and how it will effect them, you might as well go out and buy a reverse osmosis filter, or even a brita filters or some bottles water and just use that. Testing is a HUGE hassle, even for fish tanks and they KNOW what tthe levels should be for every fish, i wouldnt want to try to figure it for suggies.



Obviously this is not something that would be ideal, or that one would want to have to do all the time… the question came to mind because one of Kristi’s gliders is suffering form it’s third UTI, she was questioning if a particular diet was associated.. in the thread I linked to at the top... the only thing that comes to mind was possible water quality issues to me … so I was just wondering if there was anything we could do to test our own water.
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#327436 - 06/29/07 12:51 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: Xglider]
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Loc: Phoenix, Arizona!!
I am using the PUR water filter that attaches to the faucet, so hopefully it filters out all the bad chemicals. But it would be interesting to still do a test on even the filtered water, just to see if it really IS filtering everything out! Thanks for all the links everyone!!
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#327663 - 06/29/07 04:59 PM Re: Home water testing …. [Re: BlndGrl8]
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I don't know if this will be of any use or not, but we get an annual "Summary of Water Quality" report from our water company. I just got the 2007 one (it's for Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2006), but it's not on their site yet. But if you're interested in seeing reports from previous years, here's the pdf file. Summary of Water Quality Maybe every county/city/water treatment facility has one available. dunno
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