Just a quick question. I got my API hardness kit. I don't know so much about water chemistry but I know enough to match the test numbers with what my fish need and the following would be nowhere close.
Soft water I get from my father measured low gH
, around 30ppm. The kH
though was @ 150ppm. The water is softened with potassium rocks.
These are not favorable measurements, I donnot believe, for keeping the fish I have, livebearers. They may not be favorable for any fish.
I'm considering using tapwater, soley, which measured GH
250ppm & KH
150PPM--much closer to where I'd want my water to be.
I'd thought that using soft water and adding hardness would be a better way to go in that I could put a nice combination of minerals of my choosing and not worry so much about the ammonia, chlora's, and metals of the tap water. The soft water reading from the test kit leaves me uncertain of how to do that. I had been planning on using a combination of marine salt mix, epsom, and baking soda in proportions.
I guess mostly my question would be: what is responsible for the funny reading? I would venture to guess it has something to do with something in the soft water not being measured by the KH
test, but this may also not be the case.
My tank parameters are well, including a fairly healthy hardness reading, bit low maybe, of gh
160ppm & kh
Anything to shed light on the afore would be much appreciated.