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    Right now I use both test strips (Jungle 5 in 1) and the API Master Test Kit. They are usually very close to each other. Water chemistry is an interesting thing. Some people seem to have a very easy go of it, while others seem to run into maddening complexities. The thing I'm trying to work on is keeping it as simple as I can. Get a couple chemical free buckets that you always use, a good gravel siphon and take those kind of variables out of the loop. Test the tap, test the tank and keep doing the regular water changes. The biggest mistakes I've made so far were in making decisions based on too little information and jumping ahead.

    German Blue Ram recommendations from AqAdvisor.com (you should check this out if you haven't already - it's really great for setting up and stocking... I REALLY hope it's accurate!)

    Recommended temperature range: 78.8 - 86 F.
    Recommended pH range: 5 - 7.
    Recommended hardness range: 5 - 12 dH (general hardness).
    It just so happens your fish here is only - mostly - dead...

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    Oh yeah... API Master Test Kit only does Ph (high and low range), Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate levels. What do you all use for testing water hardness if not the strips?
    It just so happens your fish here is only - mostly - dead...

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    Hi
    I use the test strips for GH and KH.
    My hands shake alot so i have difficulty with the master test kit but i do have it.
    Right now i test for everything except Ammonia with the strips and then i test ammonia using the test kit.

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    I use the API GH/KH test kit. It is inexpensive and gives more accurate results.

    Your test strips - they show a GH of 30 and a KH of 40 as hard? What brand of strips are you using?
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Longfin and Regular Fin Zebra Danios, Bristlenose Pleco
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank (still cycling) - Amano Shrimp, Black Neon Tetras

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    IDK I never worried about anything other than my pH - never tested for anything other than that and normal water parameters (with the API master kit) - I guess if I lived in an area where pH was at an extreme (mine sits at about 7.6) and I kept losing fish, I would need to learn more about hardness & stuff but many common aquarium fish adjust to a variety of pH readings.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 just because. - 1Sarah Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 My turn to buy - fishmommie 
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    Quote Originally Posted by imma24 View Post
    IDK I never worried about anything other than my pH - never tested for anything other than that and normal water parameters (with the API master kit) - I guess if I lived in an area where pH was at an extreme (mine sits at about 7.6) and I kept losing fish, I would need to learn more about hardness & stuff but many common aquarium fish adjust to a variety of pH readings.
    I have to adjust my hardness and pH as I use RO/DI water. I lost 6 neon dwarf rainbows because my dGH was too low. Since I was educated, I haven't lost a fish. I think it can depend on the species of fish you have. It didn't affect my danios or scissortail rasboras.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Longfin and Regular Fin Zebra Danios, Bristlenose Pleco
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank (still cycling) - Amano Shrimp, Black Neon Tetras

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    Your test strips - they show a GH of 30 and a KH of 40 as hard? What brand of strips are you using?
    Hi there

    That is exactly where my confusion lies- i don't know if my readings indicated soft or hard water.

    Does the type of test kit decide what the reading is? Is there a general scale like there is for pH that i could compare it to?

    This is the hurdle i am trying to cross. Lol. It seems to be a tough subject-

    Thanks for your time.

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    Oh, and i'm using API 5 in one Aquarium Test Strips.
    I am also using the API Freshwater Master Test Kit (only for the Ammonia reading at this moment because my hands have been shaking in the colder weather and using the Master Test Kit for everything is a very lengthy and frustrating task)

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    the measure is I believe in parts per million.
    soft water is below ~60 ppm. hard water is I believe generally classified as over ~150 ppm roughly.

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    Awesome! Thank you-

    Next time i test i will use the Master Test Kit to determine my tank levels and i'll see where i'm at.
    Who Rescued Who?

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