Originally Posted by cmor1701d
Unless you've been dosing your tank that Alk
reading is suspect. How old is the test kit? Have you verified your water parameters at the lfs
Test the sw
you got from the lfs
and nitrates before using it to make sure that's not the source of your problem.
Are you sure you are getting distilled water at the grocer and not spring or mountain water?
test kit is brand new - it doesn't expire until 2010. The reason I got the tesk kit is because I inherited some multi-test strips from the previous tank owner and the KH
level was maxing out at 240 (the highest reading possible) so I wanted something more accurate.
I've definitely been buying distilled water, not spring water. But remember, I've only had this tank for a few weeks and I've done two PWCs with my own SW
mix from distilled and one with 5 gallons premixed from the LFS
. The tank is over two years old and I think the previous owner was buying premixed.
I have not had the water tested at the LFS
- how do you do that? How big a sample do you bring them? Is there a charge?