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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Lets Discuss Our Tap Water

I meant to make this thread a long time ago, but better late than never. I think we have terrific tap water that is much better than what I read about other people having. My parameters are listed below, I am interested if anyone's deviate at all.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate:0
PH: About 7, maybe 6.8

GH: 0
KH: 0
TDS: 37

I get a reading for phosphate, something below 1PPM.

So far, I have had decent luck keeping shrimp in our tap water by adding food grade Calcium Chloride, Epsom Salt, and Potassium Sulfate as a home made GH booster.
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Looks similar to mine, except the GH and KH hovers around 1-2. I'll test it again tonight.

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I recently tested my water up in Yonkers and got the following:

pH - 7.2
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

KH - 2
GH - 3

I don't have a TDS meter
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TDS 180
pH 7.8-8
A/N/N 0/0/0
gH 7-8
kH 7-8

Opps, didn't see this the NY forum. lol.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 12:56 AM
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Dr. Oz, do you want to borrow my TDS meter?

pH 7.5
dKH 3
dGH 3
TDS around 120 ppm

hum, last time I remember testing for nitrogen compounds in my tap, they were zero, so I haven't retested since ...

and yeah. I know. I live in CT. This forum's more interesting.
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pH - 7.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

KH - 2
GH - 3
no TDS meter

that's after letting the water sit for 24 hours from the tap.
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Interesting results so far. A little more deviation than I thought.
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Dr. Oz, do you want to borrow my TDS meter
Em - I don't know if I would need to borrow it (since I only see you once a week - I don't want to hold it for too long) - but maybe I can bring some water into work and we can check it there. Oz
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A couple years ago I got a water report from the city, was mailed to me but I never requested it. More detailed specs than what we can easily test for ourselves.
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Honestly, I am confident that we can grow and keep almost anything in our tap water lol
Only thing I have issues with are inverts sometimes.

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Em - I don't know if I would need to borrow it (since I only see you once a week - I don't want to hold it for too long) - but maybe I can bring some water into work and we can check it there. Oz
Sounds like a plan! Also saves me the bother of warning you not to stick it directly in your tanks (post-hurricane disease outbreak here).

I always thought my water was very strange. It's soft but alkaline. If I try to raise alkalinity, the pH rockets up past 8.2. I leave it be and don't try to keep anything that isn't adaptable.
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Honestly, I am confident that we can grow and keep almost anything in our tap water lol
Only thing I have issues with are inverts sometimes.
Our water is just a little too soft for them. But it is much much easier to add a little calcium and magnesium than it is to try and make water softer.
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