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Neon1 04-20-2008 10:39 PM

Spring Water hard?
Hello everyone. I have a question.

I've recently set-up a new freshwater 10 gallon tank (tropical). It just completed the first week of cycling with two scout fish (glo-lite tetras). I add Stress Zyme by API too on Thursday to bppst the cycle and aid in keeping the water clean. Testing the water with API 5-in-1 strips, everything is reading about what it should. My Anmonia is between 0 and .5 PPM, 0 Nitrates and Nitrites, PH about 6.5

But, my water is is testing very hard. I'm using bottled spring water since it's pure and contains so junk so I don't have to guesstimate the ammount of Aquasafe to use with tap water (and our tap water aint the best in the world). On the test strips, GH is coming out between 120-180 (max) and the KH at 240.

My fish are happy, swimming about, glowing, eating. Water isn't cloudy (now it is a bit because I just did about a 30% change (2.5 gallons) and loosend up some stuff) or anything.

Is this normal for the cycle, or for spring water. Does it generally test out that hard? ANy info would be appreciated. Thanks

herefishy 04-21-2008 01:05 AM

Anything is normal for water parameters, including hardness. The cycle should not affect water hardness.

Flashygrrl 04-21-2008 05:18 AM

You should really try to get a liquid test kit since they are more accurate than those strips.

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