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Need a pH color chart
Just had hubby get me a pH kit. Wouldn't you know someone must have taken the color chart out of it so I have nothing to go by! Can I download a chart or is it best to have it in person? My water is a bright blue color. Reminds me of a tropical islands water. I am so irritated to not have a chart... help where can I get one without going back to the store? Or should I grow some patience and just wait to get a chart from the store?
Is it an API test kit? Bright blue tells me that maybe you need the high PH test kit, not just the standard PH test kit. I don't know about downloading it as colors can distort that way. Grow some patience (if your like me that's not easy) and go back and have the store give you a complete kit, chart and all.
Well, it's good your cycling "fishless" so you'll be able to select fish based on your water parameters. I think maybe you were lucky as far as being able to add fish only 24 hours later, in the past. That reminds me of setting up a tank 33 years ago, dumping some Discus in, and then scratching my head as to why none of them did well, lol.
On the standard PH it measures 6.0 to 7.6, with 7.6 (and beyond) being bright blue. Your ph may well be 7.6, but it could also be 7.8, which you won't know since it's at the high end and the water can only get so blue.
The high range measures 7.4 to 8.8. My ph is 7.8, which is why I had to purchase the high range kit. HTH
PS. The API Master Test Kit contains both the standard PH and the high range, along with Ammonia, NitrIte and NitrAte. All tests are worth having.
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