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12-03-2013, 01:02 AM #11
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...
12-03-2013, 01:33 AM #12
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...
12-03-2013, 03:05 AM #13
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.
12-03-2013, 05:52 PM #14
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?
12-03-2013, 06:41 PM #15
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, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
12-03-2013, 09:55 PM #16
12-04-2013, 01:03 AM #17
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.
12-04-2013, 01:07 AM #18
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)
12-04-2013, 01:20 AM #19
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.
12-04-2013, 06:06 PM #20
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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