Thanks to my new set of kits bought from Craigthor
, I now have numbers for my planted tank water but I don't really know what to do with them (save for the pH and ammonia). How would you interpret these data?
pH = 7
Ammonia = 0 maybe 0.25 mg/L
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 10 mg/L
Phosphate = 0.25 mg/L
Carbonate Hardness = 28 degrees
General Hardness = 43 degrees
The water here in NorCal is as hard as nails but you don't really need a test kit to see that - anywhere tap water touches, there is a white mineral stain left when it dries.
Do you think I should try and soften the water? What (if anything) would you do with these numbers? It's 29G, I'm injecting compressed CO2, 65w CF, heavily planted, sand over sphagnum moss and vermiculite, no fertz save for daily flourish excel, some Tetra flora pride. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
Sorry - I just realised that I should have posted this in the section on Fertz and water parameters.