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Postby railinsp » 2006-07-01 15:28

My water test are as follows
freshwater ph 7.6
fresh water high range is 7.8
nitrate 20
nitrite is 0
ammonia is 0

which ph test should concern me and whats consiered high I know I'm propably on the high side.
the nitrate is 20 like i said what would be considered high
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-07-01 15:38

most people have nitrate at about 20 ppm, I prefer to keep it down at 0-10ppm by having my tanks heavily planted. my tap is usually 40-100 ppm so obviously w/c won't help much! in UK there's a product called Nitra-zorb which removes nitrates form the water.

i would trust the freshwater high pH one on this because by "high" it is usually assumed that your pH is 7.5-9.0
personally i prefer to use universal indicator to measure pH because it's got the full range from 0 to 14 in one liquid! and it's extremely easy to use :)
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Postby railinsp » 2006-07-01 15:42

:) thanks kittykat
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-07-01 17:16

Yup - go for the high.
Your water is the same pH as mine - but my Nitrates are through the roof too.
Hopefully I'm getting some water lettuce soon - that works wonders!
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Postby Dookie » 2006-07-01 18:50

Wow those tapwater nitrate readings are high. I was complaining the other day because my tapwater nitrate reading is 5ppm rather than 0 like it was a few months ago. Guess i'm really fortunate. -_-
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-07-01 19:38

You are. Mine goes right off the scale at certain times of the year.
I haven't tested the tap water for a while, but I know it's disgusting.
ATM I think the fishes tank is probably 140 - what with it being so hot. And obv, water changes don't help any - thus my ever lasting quest for nitrate reduces. They've got Zeolite blocks this week...
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-07-01 19:51

just after xmas this year my tap was about 225 ppm nitrate, so yes, you are extremely lucky!
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Postby mollyfry » 2006-08-06 21:00

wow very very high tap nitrates, i wasnt happy eith mine when i tested they are at 5ppm, but hey after seeing some of these i am grateful i have low niktrate level from my tap water.

although would you suggest to test the nitrates in the bathroom as well as in the kitchen, as i do use the bathrooma lot more if i can.

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Postby Dookie » 2006-08-07 07:42

It will be the same from any tap in the house. It's only from different postcodes you'd need worry about :D
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Postby mollyfry » 2006-08-11 09:43

ok thanks.
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Postby -Rambler- » 2006-08-12 00:52

Have any of you considered an RO/Di filter for your drinking water as well as your fishes? I got a great deal on one on ebay. All new, 6 stage filtration, comes with a 4 1/2 gal holding tank and tap for the sink. I put a "TEE" fitting before the tap and a legnth of tubing with a valve at the end for fish water. You can also just use buckets to collect what you need for PWC's. I only ask because I assume you may buy filtered bottled water for drinking. The unit I got only cost about $130US w/shipping. The inexpensive filters and DI replacements cost about $27 w/shipping and they are on a as needed replacement basis, approx every 6-9 months. I think over all it saves you in the end through out a year.
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-08-12 20:54

what about brita filtered water?
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-08-12 21:17

Doesn't remove the nitrates. I tried.
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Postby -Rambler- » 2006-08-21 11:46

Brita filters and similar only remove chlorine taste, sediments and some toxins. It's really just lab grade carbon and a super fine (1 micron) filter.
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-08-21 12:21

worth a try
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