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Either I can't read a test kit properly...

or my water at home is ridiculously soft.

My pH is between 6.4 and 6.6.

My gH is somewhere between 1 and 3, I think.

The water after one drop is not the bright orange I have seen in videos, no mater how many times I shake it, it is a slightly greenish yellow. At two drops it is even more greenish yellow. At three drops it is definitely green.

My kH is somewhere between 1 and 4. At one drop, no mater how much I shake it, the water is never blue. It stays at a very light yellow. Drops 2 and 3 darken the yellow a little but it isn't until drop 4 that I would call the water "bright" yellow.

I thought something was wrong the the test kit solutions, so I bought a second kit and am getting the exact same results. All my kits are API.

I tested some bottled spring water. The pH came out around 7, the gH turned bright orange at one drop, yellow-green at 2, and green at three. The kH test yielded nearly the same results as my tap water, but I will say that the first drop yielded greenish yellow rather than light yellow.

Am I not doing something right? I am following the instructions, and the test with the bottled water makes me disinclined to believe it is a user-error issue.

If my test kit results are likely to be accurate, can I even keep fish in this? If I am understanding correctly, the virtual lack of kH will make my water very unstable.

This stinks, because i was able to pick up a 29 gallon with fluorescent hood and filter for cheap from a co-worker today, and it looks like I am not going to be able to use it at all.

This would probably also explain why every single stem of s. repens I had floating in my home tap water for a couple of days melted completely before I could transport it to my work to plant in my office tank. I had over thirty stems from three different people and every single one of them disintegrated.
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Either I can't read a test kit properly...

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or my water at home is ridiculously soft.



My pH is between 6.4 and 6.6.



My gH is somewhere between 1 and 3, I think.



The water after one drop is not the bright orange I have seen in videos, no mater how many times I shake it, it is a slightly greenish yellow. At two drops it is even more greenish yellow. At three drops it is definitely green.



My kH is somewhere between 1 and 4. At one drop, no mater how much I shake it, the water is never blue. It stays at a very light yellow. Drops 2 and 3 darken the yellow a little but it isn't until drop 4 that I would call the water "bright" yellow.



I thought something was wrong the the test kit solutions, so I bought a second kit and am getting the exact same results. All my kits are API.



I tested some bottled spring water. The pH came out around 7, the gH turned bright orange at one drop, yellow-green at 2, and green at three. The kH test yielded nearly the same results as my tap water, but I will say that the first drop yielded greenish yellow rather than light yellow.



Am I not doing something right? I am following the instructions, and the test with the bottled water makes me disinclined to believe it is a user-error issue.



If my test kit results are likely to be accurate, can I even keep fish in this? If I am understanding correctly, the virtual lack of kH will make my water very unstable.



This stinks, because i was able to pick up a 29 gallon with fluorescent hood and filter for cheap from a co-worker today, and it looks like I am not going to be able to use it at all.



This would probably also explain why every single stem of s. repens I had floating in my home tap water for a couple of days melted completely before I could transport it to my work to plant in my office tank. I had over thirty stems from three different people and every single one of them disintegrated.


They would be effected from your low ca and mg levels from the low gh. Your KH would be fine. Just get a gh booster and add a couple GH with it and all would be good. Even if you have a KH of 2 it's fine to be honest. Your water is fine. It's actually better to have soft water than hard. You can easily have CRS in this water without having to use RO like most do. So get some of this gh booster. Add 2 Gh during water change and you are good. http://nilocg.com/gh-booster-1lb/

You are thinking it's bad when it's not and further down the road you will see why it's better having soft water. Just shoot for a GH of 5 and kH of 2 and you are set for some CRS and fish and plants.

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