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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2017, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Water Test Results

Just got my API Master Test kit from Amazon. Unfortunately, API somehow mispackaged the kit and I got two bottle of the #2 Nitrates!! Also listing my phosphate results as I've finally seemed to win that battle...for now.

Here's my results until Amazon sends out a replacement kit:

Last water change was yesterday? (maybe the day before) evening- i.e. recently.

pH "high range" 8.2
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate ???


Seachem Phosguard Results:
Phosphates .1

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Not really worried about Nitrates at the moment since it's a cycled tank and everything seems pretty healthy. My pH seems way high, though. So high, I had to use the high range test kit. I've known it's been high pH for since I started the tank a few months ago, but this just confirmed it. I was using Tetra test trips before and it seems high but OK generally (like 7.8).

What can I do to bring down the pH a bit? My tap water pH results came out roughly the same, so it's not any of the rock, etc in there. I'd like to avoid using any chemical additions. Excel is enough for me.

I'm also cutting back on the Seachem Flourish liquid ferts for a bit. I keep getting hair algae bloom after every use pretty quickly; usually within the day or two of dosing ferts. Likely dosing too high too often (1x/week 4ml/each). Perhaps go to 2x/week 2ml?

So my current issues are hair algae and high pH. Plants are doing OK, not thriving CO2 status, but good enough for me.

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Just got my API Master Test kit from Amazon. Unfortunately, API somehow mispackaged the kit and I got two bottle of the #2 Nitrates!! Also listing my phosphate results as I've finally seemed to win that battle...for now.



Here's my results until Amazon sends out a replacement kit:



Last water change was yesterday? (maybe the day before) evening- i.e. recently.



pH "high range" 8.2

Ammonia 0

Nitrite 0

Nitrate ???





Seachem Phosguard Results:

Phosphates .1



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Not really worried about Nitrates at the moment since it's a cycled tank and everything seems pretty healthy. My pH seems way high, though. So high, I had to use the high range test kit. I've known it's been high pH for since I started the tank a few months ago, but this just confirmed it. I was using Tetra test trips before and it seems high but OK generally (like 7.8).



What can I do to bring down the pH a bit? My tap water pH results came out roughly the same, so it's not any of the rock, etc in there. I'd like to avoid using any chemical additions. Excel is enough for me.



I'm also cutting back on the Seachem Flourish liquid ferts for a bit. I keep getting hair algae bloom after every use pretty quickly; usually within the day or two of dosing ferts. Likely dosing too high too often (1x/week 4ml/each). Perhaps go to 2x/week 2ml?



So my current issues are hair algae and high pH. Plants are doing OK, not thriving CO2 status, but good enough for me.


Unless you have very specific fish or plan on getting some very specific fish to ph your ph is fine. Do not worry about it. You would cause more problems trying to alter it. Are you sure your phosphates are that low of .1 or did you mean 1? For your plants you typically want from .5 to 2 or so. Phosphates like nitrates are a nutrient required for plants and .1 is too low.


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Dont worry about the PH

Why were you in a "battle" with phosphates? It's an essential macro nutrient, 1-3 ppm is a good level for plants, even higher for some folks.

You certainly dont want to be zeroing the levels out (might be why the hair algae) I'd ditch the phosguard.


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I had an ongoing problem with brown diatoms which the Phosguard totally demolished. Phosguard has been out for a few days now so I would expect it to begin to rise. Hopefully that will help some plants as well, but not bring back the diatoms. It's a prime example like you said of cause and effect when we try and control one thing but something else happens.

Sounds like pH isn't really a big deal. My angelfish seems to be doing well and I believe it "prefers" lower pH vs the guppies and neons.

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Unless you have very specific fish or plan on getting some very specific fish to ph your ph is fine. Do not worry about it. You would cause more problems trying to alter it. Are you sure your phosphates are that low of .1 or did you mean 1? For your plants you typically want from .5 to 2 or so. Phosphates like nitrates are a nutrient required for plants and .1 is too low.
Just checked my results again. Definitely was .1, not 1. I'm sure it'll climb back now. Hopefully without the diatoms this time around.

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Update:

I was at the fish store where I purchased some new rock recently and they had a sign on one of the bins that looked a bit like my rock I had previously picked. Apparently it's cloud stone and raises pH. When I bought it, this sign was on a different bin so i thought I was OK. I'm suspicious now that the rock has caused my pH to be so high. It's a very good looking rock too...

Should I remove it? I tested my tap water pH and it was notably lower. In the high 7's.

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