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Holding tank treatment: where and when?

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I have a porta-potty with a holding tank in the lower section and fresh water for flushing in the upper section. I just emptied it for the first time since buying the boat. I bought some holding tank treatment (the green stuff with the fancy measuring/dispensing container,) and the instructions give a quantity of treatment per tank capacity. What I don't know is this: should I put the treatment in the fresh water tank so "green water" is dispensed with every use, or should I just periodically add some directly to the holding tank?

I'm very happy to say that this is the most serious problem I have at the moment, which puts me in a pretty good place.
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Re: Holding tank treatment: where and when?

?Since you bought 'holding tank treatment' I'd say to put it into the holding tank. Likely one dose per tank will do. When you empty the holding tank then it's time to re-treat.

Glad to know this is your most serious problem at the moment. You are indeed in a good place.

I'll share something I learned decades ago... "if you look around, and everything looks okay... you've overlooked something".
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Re: Holding tank treatment: where and when?

Thanks for the help mgm.

Not to drive my own thread off topic, but your theory reminds me of something my dad told me recently. I had just told him how easy it had been to replace the alternator in my truck, and he said, "If it was very easy to replace a part, you replaced the wrong part."

Anyway, back on topic, the PO had colored water in the fresh water section. Maybe that was a different sort of chemical.
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Re: Holding tank treatment: where and when?

Perhaps the colored 'fresh' water was some sort of Tidy Bowl product.

Sounds like your father is a smart man.

Good luck with your boat. Where in Bawlmer do you keep it?

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Yes its a chemical in the fresh water part. Iys a porti potty solution im not sure of the name though. I also heard you cant use regular tolet paper in it

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Just dump a small amount in the bowl and flush. The tank is less than 10 gallons so you don't want to add too much extra fluids.
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Re: Holding tank treatment: where and when?

Mgm, I'm on Rock Creek. Haven't been into Balmer yet but hope to tie up to the City Dock some day soon.

Thanks for the help everybody. Especially the part about the "regular" toilet paper. That sounds important!
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Re: Holding tank treatment: where and when?

Using regular tiolet paper or not depends on how you empty your tanks. If you remove the holding tank and dump it you can use regular. If on the other hand it has to be pumped out you should use the biodegradeable kind or put the TP in a seperate garbage.
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