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10-14-2012, 03:54 PM #1
Best practice for accurate PH readings?
Hey there. I'm puzzled.
I tested perims on all 3 of my tanks this morning. Had an odd thing happen with my PH readings. I tested PH last so the water sat a bit longer in my samples. 1 sample read exactly as I thought it would: 7.2 The other two, however, one didn't even register and the other was barely a 6. So I retested all 3 and came up with the same numbers. Then I drew fresh water from the two tanks in question, tested right away and came up with 7.2 - as I'd hoped, because that's what it usually runs in all 3 tanks.
So -- now I wonder if I should trust my test kit or if it makes a difference (in some cases) if you leave the water set a bit longer. Most time elapsed would have been 15 minutes. The first sample that read 0 was in a paper cup. the other that read only 6 was in a plastic cup.
Last edited by fishmommie; 10-14-2012 at 03:57 PM.
10-14-2012, 04:15 PM #2
The ph test is meant to be read right away. That is the true reading.
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10-14-2012, 04:23 PM #3
Draw a water sample from the tank with a clean cup. Make sure you rinse out the pH test tube with water from the tank 3 or 4 times. Now fill the test tube and test for pH. Make sure to shake to pH test bottle for 5 - 10 minutes before adding drops to the test tube. Rinse the test tube with water from the cup before you test again.
Follow the same procedure with water out of the tap making sure you rinse the test tube before and after each test.
Do your fish appear to be in any kind of distress...showing signs of stress?
If not, I wouldn't worry about pH because you change water in your tank often enough so that the pH shouldn't vary that greatly. Might be time for a new test kit too.
+ 1 to Fisher's post.
Last edited by Taurus; 10-14-2012 at 04:28 PM.
10-14-2012, 04:27 PM #4
0Originally Posted by KingFisher
Apparently, the test could be inaccurate + or - if the water is not tested right away.
Follow up - would 'testing right away' also hold true for A/N/N? could the readings change on those tests too if the water isn't checked as soon as the sample is taken? I'm thinking not since some folks take their samples to the LFS for testing??
10-14-2012, 04:31 PM #5
LOL.....YOU WORRY TOO MUCH!
10-14-2012, 04:34 PM #6
I'm no chemist but I don't believe it matters for the ammonia's.
PH/o2/c02 levels and such can vary with exposure to the house's ambient air - while ammonia is basically stable.
10-14-2012, 05:08 PM #7
0Originally Posted by Taurus
10-14-2012, 05:09 PM #8
0Originally Posted by sheamurai
10-14-2012, 05:17 PM #9
10-14-2012, 05:27 PM #10
0Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs