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Old 03-15-2012, 11:50 AM   #21
 
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API Master Test Kit. (Make sure it has an expiration date on it, old pet stores sometimes have them on shelves for years and they aren't as accurate. Sometimes they restock returned expired stuff...depending on how horrifying your petstore is.)

Ranges from $28 to $35 depending on where you go. You can get it for like $20-$25 off of amazon.com.


Do you use drsfosterandsmith.com??? They have that kit for $23.99

Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

I may order one from there if I can't find one.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:53 AM   #22
 
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Do you use drsfosterandsmith.com??? They have that kit for $23.99

Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

I may order one from there if I can't find one.
Yea that's what they have it on Amazon for.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:09 PM   #23
 
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API Master Test Kit. (Make sure it has an expiration date on it, old pet stores sometimes have them on shelves for years and they aren't as accurate. Sometimes they restock returned expired stuff...depending on how horrifying your petstore is.)

Ranges from $28 to $35 depending on where you go. You can get it for like $20-$25 off of amazon.com.

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Yea that's what they have it on Amazon for.
Yea I'm looking on that site now. I have prime so it would be free shipping oh yea!!!
Do you recommend anything for water softening?
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...fm?pcatid=4048
I was looking at these and wondering if they would really be worth it.
don't know parameters but we do have hard water.
thank you again for all your help!!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:12 PM   #24
 
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Yea I'm looking on that site now. I have prime so it would be free shipping oh yea!!!
Do you recommend anything for water softening?
Water Softener Pillow
I was looking at these and wondering if they would really be worth it.
don't know parameters but we do have hard water.
thank you again for all your help!!!
J
The water softener will really depend on how hard your water is and what fish you have.

If they don't need it then there is no point. I would find out exactly how hard your water is either by getting a hardness tester or you can just call your local water company and they can usually just tell you. Once you have this information then you can see how your fish are doing and decide how to go about it.

Without specific measurements I wouldn't want to recommend anything.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:17 PM   #25
 
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I just called them and they don't know what I'm talking about! LOL does that tell you what a little town I"m in???
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:18 PM   #26
 
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Softening water is not easy, and requires some knowledge about the water to start with. Have a read of this article which will explain the relationships, and there are suggestions for doing this safely if it is necessary:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-73276/

But I stress the "if it is necessary." This depends upon the source water numbers, and the intended fish. Some have specific requirements, some are adaptable to some extent. After you've read that article and understand the issue better, give us the numbers and the intended fish and we can discuss further.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:49 PM   #27
 
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I just ordered API kit. I will take water from take with me to fish store and see what she says about water.
Thanks again!!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:54 PM   #28
 
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I know it isn't easy I tried keeping discus for years. Went thru all kinds of stuff trying to get water right. I know my water is hard because of that. I gave up a few years back. I don't remember the parameters. I get that white crusty build up though.
I just want to keep gouramis, tetras, catfish, rainbows, clown loaches or other loaches, couple of rainbow sharks. Just a variety of pretty fish that get along.
I just ordered a water test kit.
Thank you so much for the information. I will read the article.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:26 PM   #29
 
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Question water hardness test

Hey I found an old water hardness test kit in my aquarium stuff. It says my hardness is 180, can that be right???? Could it be wrong because of being old??? If it is right what fish could I keep in water this hard. The kit calls it high hardness???
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Hey I found an old water hardness test kit in my aquarium stuff. It says my hardness is 180, can that be right???? Could it be wrong because of being old??? If it is right what fish could I keep in water this hard. The kit calls it high hardness???
If that is accurate, it will be ppm (parts per million) which equates to 10 dGH which is medium hard. We should confirm this test though. Second thing is pH, presumably above 7 but that needs testing.

Livebearers will be right at home. Rift lake cichlids. Some cyprinids and characins are fine in medium hard with a slightly basic pH in the low to mid-7's, as are medium Central American cichlids, and many catfish.
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