Safe water

PoseidonTheChameleon

Established Member
So I had a thought, most of us know about reptisafe for your water. But what would be a serious effect from not using it? Just curious because out of all the questions we ask people like "what uvb are you using?" Or "how often do you mist?", the question "do you have safe water" is not one of them. So how do we know if water is causing an issue? Or is reptisafe just a way to get your money?
 

MissSkittles

Chameleon Enthusiast
I only used things like ReptiSafe when I had turtles and had to make safe large amounts of water at one time. I too wonder why we don’t ask about what type of water is used, but I guess we have to assume that people aren’t giving their chams water that they themselves wouldn’t drink. When I knew zip about chams, I used filtered fridge water in my hand mister...same water that I drink and give my cats and dog.
 

Carlton

Chameleon Enthusiast
So I had a thought, most of us know about reptisafe for your water. But what would be a serious effect from not using it? Just curious because out of all the questions we ask people like "what uvb are you using?" Or "how often do you mist?", the question "do you have safe water" is not one of them. So how do we know if water is causing an issue? Or is reptisafe just a way to get your money?
The devil is in the details. Depends on the tap water! If you don't know what treatment chemicals happen to be in your municipal household water get it analyzed so you do know. If the water utility treats with chlorine that's pretty easy to get rid of. Let the water age in an open bucket overnight before using it. If they add chloramines, add fluoride or other substances you might need a true chemical treatment such as Reptisafe. If you use a household water softener it will add a bit of salt. How much will depend on the softener settings.

When I had most of my chams I was on a private well...the water was extremely hard (high in calcium, iron, tannins, or sulfur). To protect my misting system and foggers I chose to install an RO filter and used that "tap water" for my chams. Somewhere else I might not.
 

PoseidonTheChameleon

Established Member
The devil is in the details. Depends on the tap water! If you don't know what treatment chemicals happen to be in your municipal household water get it analyzed so you do know. If the water utility treats with chlorine that's pretty easy to get rid of. Let the water age in an open bucket overnight before using it. If they add chloramines, add fluoride or other substances you might need a true chemical treatment such as Reptisafe. If you use a household water softener it will add a bit of salt. How much will depend on the softener settings.

When I had most of my chams I was on a private well...the water was extremely hard (high in calcium, iron, tannins, or sulfur). To protect my misting system and foggers I chose to install an RO filter and used that "tap water" for my chams. Somewhere else I might not.
Good to know, thanks
 

Kaizen

Chameleon Enthusiast
So I had a thought, most of us know about reptisafe for your water. But what would be a serious effect from not using it? Just curious because out of all the questions we ask people like "what uvb are you using?" Or "how often do you mist?", the question "do you have safe water" is not one of them. So how do we know if water is causing an issue? Or is reptisafe just a way to get your money?
I have never used anything but tap water.
 
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