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TDS results

Just checked ("tested"?) my TDS. Results were 183-184. What does this mean?
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tap or tank?
It's medium hardness.
0-100 soft
101-220 medium
220+ hard


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Well, it mean there is average level of "stuff" in your water. It could be inorganics like minerals or organics craps. TDS alone is not that useful since you don't know what it consist of. It is usually more meaningful with context of how additive affect water.
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tap or tank?
It's medium hardness.
0-100 soft
101-220 medium
220+ hard
It is from the tank. So I guess I'm in the safe zone then?
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It is from the tank. So I guess I'm in the safe zone then?
Safe for?
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It is from the tank. So I guess I'm in the safe zone then?
Depends on the fish. Soft water fish wouldn't like it but that number is good for most fish.


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TDS should be below 150 ppm for shrimp and I prefer my level to be closer to 100 ppm (I don't have shrimp) after a water change with RO water. My harlequin rasboras are an electric reddish-orange with vivid black triangles, the angel fish are growing like weeds and all fish are healthy. My plants do not have any growth or nutrient issues other than some algae that is slowing diminishing.

I just purchased a few more fish from the LFS and their TDS was 310 ppm. It took me 2.5 hours to acclimate the fish.

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Safe for?
Most common fish, snails, and shrimp.

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I guess I need to learn more about soft water fish/plants and hard water fish/plants.

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TDS should be below 150 ppm for shrimp and I prefer my level to be closer to 100 ppm (I don't have shrimp) after a water change with RO water. My harlequin rasboras are an electric reddish-orange with vivid black triangles, the angel fish are growing like weeds and all fish are healthy. My plants do not have any growth or nutrient issues other than some algae that is slowing diminishing.

I just purchased a few more fish from the LFS and their TDS was 310 ppm. It took me 2.5 hours to acclimate the fish.

Mike
My harlequins look like that also, mredman. I have plenty of shrimp....babies to full grown adults. I'm not sure my reading is affecting them, but if it is.....what would I do to lower my TDS reading?
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