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post #11 of 19 Old 09-12-2012, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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QT tank

i plan on using a 10 gallon QT tank but i am also putting together a med kit for it is there any meds that i should have on hand just in case. as i have to mail order everything around here i need to know what i need to have on hand so i do not have to wait. also what needs to be in the QT tank i would assume a heater and some kind of filtration. i plan to put this puppy on wheels so i can place it next to the 75 gallon tank and for easier access.
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-12-2012, 06:49 PM
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i usedtropic marin KH alkalinity test and after reading the instructions it does not say ppm etc. i used the more sensitive test of 10ml x the number of drops shaking the bottle before hand and inverting the test tube a few times just to be sure. wait a minute it is ppm
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OK, so 13ppm is less than 1 dKH, which is very low. As I said previously, this has no impact on fish or plants. But it does mean that your pH will likely lower naturally due to the biological processes. This also is not a problem, esp with soft water fish, but it is good to know it may occur so you can monitor it.

Assuming the pH of 6.6 is coming out of the tap, then weekly water changes of half the tank volume plus not overfeeding or overstocking will (should) not cause the pH to lower too much. I would check pH regularly, say every week just before you do a water change; keep a record so you can see if it is shifting and by how much if it is.

Did you ever determine the GH of the tap water from the municipal water people? I don't see this number mentioned earlier in the thread, and this is important for fish and plants. I think we can assume it is on the soft side, with the low KH and acidic pH, so that is not an issue for the fish but it might be for the plants if it is very soft. Can you get the GH number?

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GH got to get another test kit

well it seems like i need another test kit. i am wondering though if the KH is so low why do i get white stuff on the glasses and coffee pot? ot do i need a reality check.
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local waterboard report

sorry forgot to put this up.
i got these from the local water board here and this is what they gave me.
Barium 0.154 PPM
Copper 0.0479 PPM
Lead 0.002 PPM
Flouride 1.4 PPM
Nitrate-N 0.100 PPM
Sodium 13.9 PPM
Sulfate. 023 PPM
Triahomethanes 25.0 PPM
HAA5 whatever this is 3.3 PPM
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sorry forgot to put this up.
i got these from the local water board here and this is what they gave me.
Barium 0.154 PPM
Copper 0.0479 PPM
Lead 0.002 PPM
Flouride 1.4 PPM
Nitrate-N 0.100 PPM
Sodium 13.9 PPM
Sulfate. 023 PPM
Triahomethanes 25.0 PPM
HAA5 whatever this is 3.3 PPM
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Can you ask them for the general hardness, or find their website?

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asking the local waterboard

it was hard enough to find them and with all the looks as i told them what i needed the info for they just looked at me with glassy eyes like they always do aound here when i ask for things i need. this is a farm city with farming ways it seems. i have to mail order just about everything much less do interlibrary loan to get normal books. but the place is quiet and a nice place to raise a family. i will have to test it when i get the testing supplies. unless you know another way?
doc p.s. just left voicemail to have them call me back on GH info if they have it we will see what happens

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post #17 of 19 Old 09-13-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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well the local water people came through he said the GH is 240 MPL.
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well the local water people came through he said the GH is 240 MPL.
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240 mg/l is basically the same as ppm, so that equates to 13 dGH which is fairly hard. This is the source of the "white stuff" on cups that you mentioned. Calcium deposits.

Interesting that the KH is so low... usually they are relative. Reading back, this was your testing, so perhaps you should confirm this with the water folks. They probably call it Alkalinity.

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PH test

i read in another post that you told the person there to let the water stay out over night and then test again i will do this as i just tested the tap water straight out of the tap the last time i tested. i will report back.
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