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post #51 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Not goin to lie it wasn't quite 24 hrs. I would say about 16 hrs or so. Put out a fresh bucket tho, will run another test tomorrow if the time thing is a big difference.
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post #52 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 07:43 PM
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That should be fine, I'd test at 24 hours just to be without a doubt but that's just me.
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post #53 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ok cool. Cant hurt to check again I guess. So once my fish are gone I can finally concentrate on just cycling the tank. So about liwering my ph tho. What do you guys recommend? ? Since it look like my home ph is just high. I was looking into those ro tank. But nit looking to spend that much unless absolutely necessary. Anthing else I can do to lower it. Or can I just run with a ph that high??
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post #54 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 07:50 PM
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That pH isn't too bad. Do you happen to have a Kh & GH test kit? RO water isn't ideal in freshwater. The process strips the water of minerals and nutrients that are essential for fish.
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post #55 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. Good. Saves me about 150 bucks. No. My api only tests ph. Guess I can pick something up that tests both.
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post #56 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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I saw they have these things called peat balls. All natural way to lower your ph. Just put one in the water and givr it a squeeze everytime u do a water change. Easy and cheap. Or a piece of wood I heard helps.
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post #57 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 08:00 PM
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You can also call your water provider to find out. The kit is only $10, though. Kh and GH are essential in knowing how hard your water is. If you feel the need to lower it, peat moss is the way to go. Most fish can adapt to harder water, though. When fish live in soft water, they don't take in as many minerals from the water as fish in hard water, therefore (unless you have rediculously hard water) there is just an abundance in minerals and they only take in what they need. It's much, much harder, if not almost impossible to get a hard water fish to adapt to softer water because there is a lack of the essential minerals that they need to take in. This process is also why RO isn't good for freshwater. I hope that makes sense.
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post #58 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 08:02 PM
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In my experience driftwood doesn't lower my pH. I would also not buy a peat ball from the pet store but rather get some (without fertilizers of course) from the hardware store. I just don't trust pet stores.
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post #59 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 08:02 PM
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Run it with that pH. It's the same Chicago tap as me, been breeding angels among other things in it for years.
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post #60 of 65 Old 12-14-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay. I see. Gh tests hard or soft?? Like ph tests acidity or alkalinity? I believe that was the word. Lol.
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