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Water Levels

Postby Chiefs12342 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:51 pm

So I am new to cichlids and I am setting up a new tank and I cant seem to get the water hardness to the correct range of what the water test says is normal for cichlids. My readings are as follows GH - 30, KH - 40, pH - 8, NO2 - 0, and NO3 - 0.

The tester says these numbers for GH and KH should be 180+ for african Cichlids. Is there a way to increase water hardness or is this test giving me wrong info? I checked the current tank my cichlids are in and the test produced the same results.

Thanks again in advance for any advice.
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Re: Water Levels

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:09 pm

I usually focus on KH and shoot for 4 drops or more. You just need enough KH to keep your pH stable. pH=8 is already good. If your pH is in a good range and is stable, it is better not to try to adjust other parameters.

KH results can be expressed as # of drops to achieve the color specified in the test, dKH or ppm. The number of drops = dKH. KH=40 is about 2 drops? It is on the low side but if you pH is stable I would not make adjustments.

Are you using reagents and test tubes for the tests? They can be more accurate.
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Re: Water Levels

Postby Chiefs12342 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:13 pm

No I am using the test strips. should i get a more advanced testing kit?
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Re: Water Levels

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:25 pm

If your pH is stable, no worries. If you want more accuracy for peace of mind for some reason, reagents are better for all your testing. Not just KH.
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