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post #1 of 3 Old 03-11-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Short Petsmart story

So, I'm at Petsmart, to buy 6 hatchetfish. I ask the young adult who works there, what ph level their tanks are at. Since mine is 6.3 I wanted to know how long to acclimate them etc. He replies, "I just tested it, it's at 4.1". I'm like, really? How do you get your tanks at 4.1? He says they have a "sump pump". Oh, well, knew that was probably not accurate. Curiosity - I tested their water when I got home. No surprise, it's a 8.2, which is where tap water is here. I felt like calling to let them know what their ph was, in case someone else asked, but didn't

What could he have been testing with (I know they use the strips) to get that reading? It's sad how little the staff know at those big chain stores.


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post #2 of 3 Old 03-12-2012, 05:22 AM
4.1 I'm thinking would quickly prove lethal to any fish. I know a few can go as far down as 5 but... there really is a limit. Most likely he didn't have a clue what he was doing and just pulled a number out of the blue. 4.1 would be on par with root beer and most citrus juice.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-12-2012, 08:14 AM
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Sounds like he got his 4's and 8's confused lol..
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