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Re: My tap water test results

Postby willyg1631 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:53 pm

More water tests. I know this must be boring
Have not obtained distilled water yet so I tested some snow from outside. Correct me if I'm wrong but I assume rain/snow is like distilled water. Created by evaporation.
So I tested some snow:
Ph 6.6 vs 8 for well water
Ammonia .25 same
Nitrite 0 same
Nitrate 5 same
I thought snow would be 0 in all other than PH so now I'm thinking the test is inaccurate or I'm misreading the colours.
Waiting to get my tank so I guess this is at least practice for tank testing.

Any comments people? Bill

ps I'll get some distilled water this week and test
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby Old Newbie » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:08 am

Snow is not pure water; it picks up what ever is in the atmosphere.
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby KBCoggin » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:54 pm

You should be able to get Distilled water from any grocery store. Might even find some DI water there, but that could be a taller ask.

ps - not boring at all, loving reading along in your adventure. Although sorry you are going through such a pain :(
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby willyg1631 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:31 pm

Thanks KBCoggin I,m glad someone is following other than DJ. Actually I'm kinda enjoying the experiment and learning abit about water chemistry and how this relates to fish. Complex subject. I will get the water and report soon. Bill
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby willyg1631 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:05 am

Nitrate.jpg
Nitrate distilled left tap right
colour.jpg
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So I compared distilled with my well water. I assume distilled is 0 ammonia and 0 nitrate. My nitrate appears to be 0 on top and my ammonia based on the colour bottom is around .25ppm. Would you agree? Bill
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ammonia-- distilled left tap right
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby Deeda » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:12 am

Yes I am seeing zero nitrate for both distilled and well water, I am also seeing zero ammonia for distilled and a slight ammonia in the well water. The minimal amount of ammonia you are seeing should not be an issue and should be utilized by the beneficial bacteria.

Did you ever soak and rinse all the test tube vials in the distilled water for 24 hours?

Have you been doing water changes on the tank? If so, how much and how often?
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby willyg1631 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:29 pm

Thanks for your input Dee. I did do the test tube soaking but sadly I am without a tank at the moment as it is in the near future. At the moment I'm experimenting and learning about water parameters and testing. I originally misinterpreted the colors so with much help I think I now have this down and am pleased my water seems to be good so full speed ahead for my Reefer 350. Susie is now on side although she has some misgivings about the oak floor and other stuff.
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Re: My tap water test results

Postby Deeda » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:07 am

Sounds good! I must have missed the part where you haven't set up the new tank yet. :wink:
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more test results

Postby willyg1631 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:26 pm

I do realize testing water is not very exciting but its all I have until I can even order a tank. I'm so desperate I'm now testing the lake water just for fun.
Luckily the ice is retreating so no hole required (earliest in many yrs) So here are the test results===
ph 8.0
Ammonia= 0
Nitrite -0
Nitrate -0
KH- 33
GH =50
Same values at the well water except KH and GH for the well is 300+. All very predictable I know. Bill
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