03-21-2007, 07:50 AM
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Re: High Ph levels
Originally Posted by Blue
pH level is beyond what the test kit can test.
Originally Posted by Andyandsue
What does "off the scale" mean when it comes to pH?
I don't see why you would hate the tannins. They do make the water tea-colored but most fish prefer it.:) The tannins from driftwoods will gradually be removed though it'll take a long time for the tannins to be removed completely.
I figured it meant beyond, but I wasn't sure because it wasn't specifically said. Unless I test with high range test, I would consider mine off the charts too.
Yeah, I didn't like the tannins. In my small tank it's ever-so-slight, but in the large tank it was REALLY getting dark. I'm considering adding a smaller piece to see if that makes a difference. The tank also took on a strange smell, which I didn't like. Usually it smells just "organic" and it really started to smell different, like a lake. When I changed the water I used a siphon that also vacuumed the gravel, and I got a lot of weird matter that looked very dark around by the wood, so that is when I took it out. Prior to that I did a water change/gravel cleaning on Sunday, so I was not expecting to see that. Do you think it was all a result of the wood?