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Question Community pH-gH-kH Testing Questions

I never monitored my gH or kH until I added shrimp and snails. The pH out of the tap as far as I knew was stable around 7.2 so I rarely tested it at all.

The results from my gH/kH test is as follows because I am not sure if I am suppose to count the first drop in the conversion chart so I have two numbers/range:
Conditioned tap water: 35-54ppm gH & 18-36ppm kH
Established tank water: 72-90ppm gH & 36-54ppm kH

I tested my pH of the tank and got 7.8 which is a tad bit high? When should I test morning and evening then take an average? Does gH/kH change throughout the day the same way pH does??

As far as I know those are good hardness readings, but my snails will not come out so that sent me into all this plus the addition of hard to find shrimp. The only thing I have besides snails and shrimp is a male Betta + heavy plant load.

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