11-24-2012, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluewind
Light is really not an issue in my tank. Tank light is on 11-13 hours per day. They also are near windows which always have their blinds up (I like natural light). The overlaping time gives them about 14-15 hours of light per day.
I got my tank stats done at PetSmart! Let me snag it so I can share...
Edit: Okay, here it is...
stat: Tap > Tank
pH: 6.2 > 7.2
NitrIte: 0 > 10
NitrAte: 0 > 20
Alkalinity: 40 > 80
Hardness: 10 > 75
All in mg/l measurements
Also, I got a new filter. Tetra Whisper 10-30gal
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These results are a bit scary, meaning the vast difference between tap and tank water.
The GH and KH will not rise in an aquarium unless there is something targeting it, such as calcareous substances. Similarly with pH.
Nitrite of 10 will kill any fish and bacteria in seconds.
Rather than trust Petsmart, I would get the API liquid Master Combo kit, it has tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate which are all you need. The GH and KH of the tap water will remain similar, again if not being affected by something calcareous.