Join Date: May 2017
Location: Northern Westchester County, NY
First GH & KH test, help with results please
So I did my first GH & KH test today, and it took 7 drops for KH to turn bright yellow so I figure it to be about 120ppm and 19 drops for my GH to turn green leaving me in the 350 range, so my question is what does this really mean. According to my chart I'm fine for most tropical fish a little high for plants with my KH, but my GH is way too high for almost everything I have in my tank. Here's the thing though, I've had my fish (Mollies, Guppies, Platies, kuhli loaches, Glo Tetra's, Neon Tetra's) all living very happily together for almost 2 years now. I also have a couple of swords in the tank for over a year now and they are still doing fine, so I'm not really concerned about this tank, but in my daughter's tank which we set up about 6 weeks ago and planted about 3 weeks ago, I'm a little concerned because I'm new to plants and dwarf shrimp (Cherry Reds). Should I be concerned? I have Cabomba, Rosette Sword, Cryptocoryne Wendtii, Java Moss, and I believe ludwigia, will hard water be horrible for any of these? Also noticed 0 Nitrates in my tank, is this because the shrimp have almost 0 bio load? I am definitely cycled. Went through the High Ammonia, then high Nitrite/0 nitrate, then high nitrite/20 ppm nitrate, then 0 nitrite/10 ppm nitrate which is when I planted the tank. The next day my nitrate was 0. I checked 2 more times since then, still reading 0. I made sure to shake everything as instructed, it is 0 nitrates or at least too low to register. Should I just start dumping flakes in the tank? I did have some algae on my glass a few days ago which I cleaned up, so I must be getting some nitrates right, but my understanding is that I need more considering I have plants.
Northern Westchester, NY
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