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post #1 of 14 Old 08-05-2013, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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High Alkalinity. Everything else fine.

I took a reading on my water today and everything is fine, except my alkaline reading which is very high. Why would it suddenly spike and how can I fix it?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-05-2013, 08:59 PM
did you check your tap water? if you live in a city, your water supply could have been altered a bit.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-06-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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did you check your tap water? if you live in a city, your water supply could have been altered a bit.
I am on well water. All my water runs through a culligan water system as well. I checked the tap and my system and they appear to be fine. What else could be the culprit?
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-06-2013, 02:46 PM
Hm. What is the pH exactly, and what was it before? Have you added any chemicals or maybe even strange ornaments?
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Also how are you testing?
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Hm. What is the pH exactly, and what was it before? Have you added any chemicals or maybe even strange ornaments?
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The pH is about 7.0 and hasn't fluxuated even after the water change. I did use a different water conditioner this time. I usually use the Tetra brand but I ran out and tried API brand. No strang ornaments.
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Also how are you testing?
Jungle Test Strips - 1 for ammonia and a 5-in-1 for the rest
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-07-2013, 02:30 PM
Strips don't work as well as liquid tests. they're not as accurate. but its still strange your readings changed.
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I've played with test strips for fun. 8 strips on same tank within minutes of each one. Came out with a couple that were VERY different results . Try a liquid test to verify that your strips are be truthful


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I've played with test strips for fun. 8 strips on same tank within minutes of each one. Came out with a couple that were VERY different results . Try a liquid test to verify that your strips are be truthful


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Thanks, I'll check PetSmart for one on my way home today.
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