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post #11 of 67 Old 02-09-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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55G - Day 4 of Cycle~

HRPH = 8.0
PH = 7.6
Ammonia = 1.0 ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 0 ppm

Tap water left out over night PH = 7.6
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post #12 of 67 Old 02-09-2012, 07:40 PM
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55G - Day 4 of Cycle~

HRPH = 8.0
PH = 7.6
Ammonia = 1.0 ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 0 ppm

Tap water left out over night PH = 7.6
Which test kit read 7.6 for tap water overnight?

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I don't follow Byron??? I use the API water test kit for testing...
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what byron is saying is that you dont use the ph test kit, and the high range ph.. the results wont add up, that is why your getting one at 7.6 and one at 8.. what he was trying to tell you is, get ahold of your city/county water supply, and ask them your ph level, and use the corresponding test kit.. not both..
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ah! I'll do that today then! Thanks guys!
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OK guys after giving me the run around and 4 phone calls later I get hold of a guy who can only tell me what the PH level of my tap water is at the WELL. He says it's right at 8.0 or just above. My tap PH after sitting in a glass over night is 7.6. Where do I go from here? TIA!

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Which test did you use on the the glass of tap water, the High Range pH or regular pH?

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post #18 of 67 Old 02-10-2012, 10:28 AM
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Yes, we need to know that. Since the source water seems to be around 8, and the high range test gives that number, you should be using the high range for all tests from now on.

When the pH is above the range of a test kit, such as being higher than the highest range on the basic test kit in this case, any pH above that number will be that number. Example, if you are using a test kit with a range of 6.6 to 7.6 and the pH of the water being tested is 8, 8.6, or 9, the test will show it as 7.6 because that is as high as the range goes. But using a high range test kit with say a range of 7.5 to 9 will show the correct pH within that range. This works in reverse too, for low pH.

So if you used the high range test on the source water and it is 8, and you used this same test for the tank, the result should tell you the tank pH accurately.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #19 of 67 Old 02-10-2012, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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OK, I'm sorry if it's taking me some time to get this stuff down. I used the reg PH test on the tap, I have another glass that sat out all last night I can go and run the high PH test on it. The guy said it is 8.0 or just a bit higher at the well but said that it would be different at my tap bc of chlorine etc added by the city water dept? Sooo, do I use the high PH for all my tanks or the reg PH given this info? And thanks again for this ACTIVE forum with great ACTIVE members!

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post #20 of 67 Old 02-10-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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so this is simply a way of determining WHICH PH test I should be using right, according to my water supply? Am I getting this now? This is not so much about what my PH is in the tank (this thread I'm talking about) but what test I should be using to get the RIGHT PH of my tanks? Right? Right...?? LOL

going to do a HR PH test on the glass of water right now, BRB with results!

OK here we are: a solid 8.0 on the HR PH. The API HR PH test ranges from 7.4 to 8.8 so I guess it's safe to say my tap is 8.0 PH right?

So my next question is do I try and maintain this PH level in my tank from this point on? Or I'm thinking I adjust according to the fish species requirements right? I haven't decided on what fish yet for the 55G so I'd be better off maintenance wise to keep fish that tolerate that particular 8.0 PH level correct? Man there is SO MUCH MORE to this fish keeping than when I was younger, but I have to say I LOVE IT! Makes it much more interesting if you ask me!

And I'm sorry I just didn't get what you guys were trying to get out of me. I get it now! Thanks again Byron!

Steve

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