The water where I live is exteemly hard. In speaking with a LFS staff yesterday he seemed to think my PH was way too high at 8.4 and that I should be doing something about it. I do have both the strip tests and the full testing kit. Today I used the High Range test kit and got a reading of between 8.2 and 8.4. How is PH different form Hardness, is there a reference on TFK I can read? I thought we should not try to mess with our PH...
My first question is:
Can the testing kit components get "old" or "expire"? I have had this kit for a very long time stored away in a cool dark location... but it is many years old.
After doing the PH test, I did the KH and it took 11 drops to change the colour from blue to yellow which gives me a reading of 196.9 Whatever that means...lol
Then I did the GH test and again, one drop at a time, lid back on, shake, no change, add another drop... etc. and got to 35 drops of testing solutions and I still don't have a reading....the test sample should turn from orange to green. So I'm baffled now...I never did get a GH reading...
Then it talks about using Tap Water Purifier to lower these levels. Is that the chlorine remover that I use with every water change?
2.) I also hear of people adding drift wood to a tank.. what does that do to the PH or hardness?
Could the type of rocks I have in the tank influence the water quality/hardness. They have all been purchased from the LFS and kept over the many years between tanks in a tub. This tank has been up now since the big leak in October 2010, and all filters, substrated, gravel was moved over from the leaking 45G tank which had been up for over 2 years. I have several types of rock in there. Might have to take a pic at the LFS of the rock bins and their labels to identify what I have in there.
Should I invest in a brand new testing kit? Hoping you guys can help!