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Our New Yellow Show Tang is Turning White
Old 11-09-2006, 07:10 AM   #21
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Oh and notice that I said "sometimes" not "always".
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:50 AM   #22
so get this. I finally found a test kit that has more than what my test kit I already have has. It includes hardness, kh, nitrite and all that good stuff and both my test kits have a test for pH, and when I tested my water last night, both tests came up completely different. One tells me its 7.7 (tetra test) the other tells me its 8.1 (saltwater master kit). WTF?!?!?! No ammonia showed up in either, but the test kit that I have always used (saltwater master kit) says my ph is about right and the new one that I got is telling me its low... wouldnt that cause my water to be acidic and possibly be contributing to the "dissolving" of my tangs??? Which test do I trust??? I am going to run both tests again tonight to see if something changes and Ill keep you posted.

Oh... I was also looking thru tang diseases and pictures and what not... and nothing i found looks like what my tangs have... I think Ive found a new one lol jk
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:20 PM   #23
I guess i will add something seeing is that a have a well
well water changes through the seasons and even through the weeks. if you get a heavy downpoor in spring your well water will be different than it would be in the heat of summer. Even if you did get your water tested you still may have something show up in your water that wasent there when you got the test done. another variable is what if you decide to use some pestecides on your lawn and it seeps into you well? I know of a local area where cow manuar seeped into the wells and got the whole town sick
also i have a water sofener(I think it uses salt/miniral osmosis or something like that) when we run low on salt your hardness skyrockets i know because you can feel the gritty-ness of the water in the shower when you rub your skin together it grinds like sand-paper. so anyway ya a water softener is just a nother variable.
So my conclution is that my well water is fine for my fresh water tank but when i fill my salty i will be using ro(only because i dont want any ph fluctuations i dont care about that other stuff lol)
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:11 AM   #24
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TR you don't care about those pesticides? LOL.

I was going to write back about the seasonal fluctuatios as well but I felt adding that would only seem as though I was flaming this thread to death, so I thank you. Nobody here in Central TX would risk using a well anymore. A lot of guys did until about 2000 when we had a huge drought. The wells got so low many people could not drink from them. We all know that as the water decreases it concentrates the toxins.

I would trust the API Salt master kits. Many LFS around here use them as well as do I. 8.1 is also to low. I don't know who told you 8.1 is a good PH. It's an ok PH for a fish only tank. 8.3 is the much preferred PH.
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Old 11-19-2006, 01:44 PM   #25
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I have to agree with caferacermike about the test kits and the pH levels.
There is a huge difference in accuracy levels of test kits, and through trials here, we have found the Tetra tests to be on the low side for accuracy.
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