Thanks guys. Tested the one tank again today and it seemed less "koolaid red" and more like it could be brown. So if have to say base on the options given that it's reading close to 8.2. Could be lighting, but still not really the same as the page. And still different from what I've been hearing from everyone else around here, but it is the range I'm looking for with my Malawi cichlids.
When I tested before it was with a brand new kit with expiry dates for 2020, and was done twice after shaking the bottles furiously for a while. Tested the tap water as well today and it's throwing me for a loop as well, it seemed to read the lowest on the high range and highest on the low range. Meaning my water was 7.6ish out of the tap. They have been talking about replacing the old pipes that have been long past due, and a couple streets have been getting major repairs so maybe it's new piping. But I could see it being that fast of a change. Maybe some bs from the treatment plant since the plumbing company I work with has been doing some work there as well -.- either way my tanks are reading consistently that way
Overall I'm not too impressed so far. Another complaint I have is that the 10 and 20 ppm
marks look exactly the same for nitrates. I aim for less than 20 so i may as well not even bother looking since I'll get the exact colour before and after a water change anyways lol
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