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.