Test Strip Analysis: Need help - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 01-30-2009, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Question Test Strip Analysis: Need help

OK, just used test strips for Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness, Chlorine, Alkalinity, pH. I keep Dwarf Puffers and Endler's Livebears. Everything came back pretty much fine. Nitrate was 20 ppm (mg/L)
Nitrite was 0.2 ppm (mg/L)
Total Hardness (GH) ppm 300 THIS IS WHY I POSTED
Total Chlorine 0
Total Alkalinity (KH) ppm between 80 - 120
pH - 7.2 to 7.8
1) why is the water so hard? i do add fresh water aquarium salt to prevent disease, electrolytes for fish, etc.
2) Should I worry about the Total Alkalinity and pH?
also I add Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Water Conditioner.
PS: I am also worried about because I have about 20 endler's fry
gluckbot is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 01-30-2009, 06:57 PM
Well, test strips are completely faulty unless you got the $75 ones. You need a liquid test kit, because those levels are probably all incorrect.
Cody is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 01-30-2009, 10:47 PM
Twistersmom's Avatar
I would not worry so much about having hard alkaline water. I think your fish will be just fine. Your ph is great! That is the recommended ph for a community tank.
Twistersmom is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 02-01-2009, 04:15 PM
Oldman47's Avatar
I have endlers in 325 ppm GH water with a KH in almost the same range. My pH is 7.8. and water temperature is 77F. The nitrites are a bit high so you may want to do a water change for that if you actually believe the numbers. I would definitely stop adding all the chemicals to the water. The only thing you need, to look after most fish, is a good dechlorinator / water conditioner. Everything else only serves to enrich the pet shop and the manufacturers IMO. The electrolyte additive and salt are almost never needed. They are certainly not needed in a tank with a TDS of 300 ppm.
Oldman47 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 02-03-2009, 06:33 AM
Tyyrlym's Avatar
A liquid test kit is also cheaper in the long run. Even the test that runs out the fastest, nitrates, lasts 80 tests. The others last from 100 to several hundred in the case of the low range pH.

Tetra Fanatic
Watch my tank progress from Craigslist salvage to fishy habitat: Aaron's Tank
The only things that happen quickly in an aquarium are bad things.
Tyyrlym is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
transparent strip above upper lip? gemahto Tropical Fish Diseases 8 04-17-2008 06:02 AM
Starting out, buying someone's setup, I Need Analysis Raelorn Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 2 01-24-2008 08:43 PM
Bulbs for 3 bulb strip light SuperDupe Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 1 01-12-2008 01:57 PM
INTERPET EASY TEST MASTER LIQUID TEST KIT help andylyon87 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 2 05-07-2007 07:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome