Originally Posted by lioness501
i was advised earlier to test my water, so i went and got a kit now i need help making sense of it! can someone help me please. the results r
is this ok??? i have just carried out a 10% water change and these r the results after! thanks in advance
This is nitrate and value is high.
I typically keeps nitrates to 20 or less.
Nitrates are produced via bacteriologic digestion of ammonia and nitrites.
Nitrates are removed by wc's and plants.
If your tap water is high in nitrates then wc's with RO water is necessary to reduce their concentration.
This is nitrite and the value is very good.
This is general hardness (infrequently referred to in the literature as German hardness).
This is not an exceedingly high value as some fish prefer "harder water".
I try to keep my gh at 5 or below due to some of my fish and plants.
This is calcium hardness and the value is good.
(Note that kh is included in gh.)
This is a measure of acidity in the water.
7.0 is neutral: values below 7.0 indicate that the water is acidic: values above 7.0 indicate that the water is basic.
Most, but not all fish and plants, can adapt to to a Ph between 6.5 and 7.5.
One last item:
You did not report ammonia!
This is probably indicated on your test kit as NH3 and/or NH4+.
Fishies have a very low tolerance of any ammonia.