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Old 03-10-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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KH Test Question

So I used the API test for KHand it never turned blue or bright yellow. First drop was pale, second thru fourth were light yellow. Then it turned orange after that. What does that mean?
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:39 AM   #2
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You may have been holding the gH bottle. The gH test is complete when it changes from orange to green.

Did you cap the vial and invert a few times after each drop?
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:47 AM   #3
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It was for sure the KH. I checked it twice. I shook it for a couple seconds after every drop.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:51 AM   #4
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I would continue adding up to 12 drops total. If the color does not change as described in the instructions, you may be entitled to a refund.
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Okay I'll give another try. Last time it just turned really orange. Like the drop looks when it comes out of the bottle.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:06 AM   #6
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Could be that your water has zero kH of course...
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:12 AM   #7
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Is that bad? Its a community tank with peppered corys, dwarf puffer, and honeycomb catfish
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:50 AM   #8
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What you described is exactly how my tap water behaves. I have no kh out of the tap. I use a small bag of crushed coal in my filter to provide some kh value

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I have crushed coral in my filter. Will that do the same thing? I was having trouble with my PH dropping quickly last week and my guy at the lfs suggested that.
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Yes, that should help. Do you have any space to add more? Maybe it's not enough. But I understand that with a filter there is only so much room.
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