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Some more questions about water quality
Thanks to all of you who responded back to my recent questions about the
keeping of A. australe gold- I've put a heater in the tank and have upped the
temperature to 73-75 F. Now another question.....
I've been using Mardel's Aqualab 1 test strips for measuring Total Hardness,
Total Alkalinity, and pH (all on 1 strip). Although I've some variability in
the Hardness and Alkalinity readings for water between various tanks and the
fresh out of the faucet, the pH readings always seem alittle high,
consistently >7.6. As an experiment, I used the strip on faucet water
tonight and the pH was 8. Could my faucet water really be that high
(although I know that a pH of 8 is not considered alkaline from my years of
chemistry)???? Does anyone have any experience with these strips??? Are they
considered reliable, or is there something else, other than meters (I already
have the Hanna TDS) that would be recommended????
All thoughts and comments welcome!
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