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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
Wayne Dwops
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Do I need a water hardness kit and does the API one work?

It looks like this set is the most common

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

but I see some reviews saying the GH test doesn't actually work. Is this true? Also, is it important to test water hardness? Should I do it regularly?

And while I'm here...my water's PH is about 8.3. Should I switch to a bottled water with a lower PH?

Thanks
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