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
Seachem Phosguard Results:
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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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30" Finnex Planted+ 24/7
Fluval 206 Canister