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post #1 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Here I've tested both, PH and high range PH with the API kit. The High PH came out a bit more pinkish. While the regular range PH was a deeper blue than was on the scale the High PH test didn't match any of the sample colors, I can only assume it's in between 8.0-8.4?

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 08:30 PM
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I find none of the colors on the high range PH to be remotely pink in color. Run the test again if you haven't already and remember the PH takes 3 drops and the high PH takes 5. If it still comes out bad try it just on your tap water.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 08:46 PM
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Was this tank water or tap water? My tap water ph at my old house was 8.0(ish) and looked pretty much like the dark blue you see.

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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still pink zof. Tap tests at 7.4
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Low range Ph tests on tap and tank were quite similar in color. There may be some limiting factor in color change though
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 09:03 PM
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Low range Ph tests on tap and tank were quite similar in color. There may be some limiting factor in color change though
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Your losing me here... So both the low range PH test on tap and tank, looked like they were over 7.6?, but the High range on the tap showed a 7.4? And the high range on the tank showed pink again?
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly!

Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run, Cause we'se them ole boys raised on shotguns.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Let the low/High ph tests sit for 10-15 minutes, and came up with this. First picture is w/flash. Second is w/o flash.
From Left to Right.
1.) Tank Low PH. 2.) Tap Low PH.*** ***************************** 3.) Tank High PH. 4.) Tap High PH.


Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run, Cause we'se them ole boys raised on shotguns.
http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=2245
http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=2376

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 10:05 PM
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you shouldn't confuse yourself with the high range kit, its meant for very alkaline water or water with salt ie chiclids and marine it wont work right for a normal water tank.
I would say your around 7.8 to 8.0 but you should read them right away, don't wait they just get darker, when in doubt? take the kit to your local shop and compare readings, they don't mind a bit
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 10:06 PM
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I'm at a loss, as long as there is nothing in the tank that would be raising the PH so high.... or screwing with the test some how.... anyone else?
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