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Old 07-06-2009, 09:43 AM   #1 
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Cool Water test results. How bad?

I read fishyinpa's thread on kH and gH, but my question is probably more basic(no pun intended )
A week ago, I did the water test for Neptune's tank and the levels were:
pH- 6.6
NH3- 0.0
NO2- 0.0
NO3- 0.0
Last night I did a test (I did this cos we were away for the long weekend and I had not changed his water in 5 days), and the readings showed:
pH- 6.0
NH3- 0.5 (range bet 0.25 & 0.5)
NO2- 0.0
NO3- 0.0
Is the pH a cause for concern? Irrespective, we'll do a 50% water change after the salt bath today, but I just wanted to be better informed as to what the 'safe zones' are.
Though Neptune is doing well, it's a case of one fin healing and another one tearing. Now, it's the tail fin that's not doing well. I'm looking forward to the day he gets all his fins in full flow. Sigh!
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:24 AM   #2 
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Usually the ph is not much too worry about. I mean, even if the ph isn't what you'd like it as, it's better not to mess with it.
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Usually the ph is not much too worry about. I mean, even if the ph isn't what you'd like it as, it's better not to mess with it.
Thanks! I was a bit concerned about the water being a bit too basic.
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Thanks! I was a bit concerned about the water being a bit too basic.
You mean acidic? Basic is 8 to 14...
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You mean acidic? Basic is 8 to 14...
My bad! Just goes to prove how old I've become and what a long way since chemistry lab experiments at school. Thanks dr2b! You're more in tune with the 'science' stuff, right?
So is the low pH due to the ammonia content in the tank?
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:04 AM   #6 
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Ammonia (a weak base) is actually basic. But when it is in solution with water, it does become Ammonium Hydroxide (a strong base). And from what I am seeing (it's been awhile since I had Chemistry) that is the conjugate acid of Ammonia.That is what I would think would be making it acidic.

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