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How are my water parameters for CRS?

Hi everyone! I just bought a API GH/KH Test Kit as well as the API Master Test Kit and I would like your opinion of my water parameters. I'm currently keeping some PRL CRS (Adult benibachis and peewee-juvie ebitens) and they're doing well. I'll update my dorm shrimp tank thread soon because I have a lot of news There will be pictures and everything!

KH: 1
GH: 5
PH: 6.0-6.4 (I think it's closer to 6.4)
Ammonia: 0ppm-0.25ppm ( I cannot tell if it's 0ppm when I hold it at different angles)
Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 0

Should I do a 20% water change to ensure that my ammonia levels are at 0? I've been doing 100% RO water top offs.

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I will assume your ammonia is 0, since you keep PRLs and no death so far. I always do 10% water change weekly (maybe once every 2 months I skipped a week and just do top off).

If you are worried about ammonia, floaters is always a good route to absorb them.

About the water, I always do water changes just because my water is not really pure H2O. My vending machine RO water always have about 5-15 TDS depends on when the machine's filter get replaced I guess.

In general ammonia should never shows up even though you only do top-offs. The filter takes care of the ammonia and plants eat the nitrates. But since you have 0 nitrate without doing water changes, it's weird if ammonia is showing up.


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