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Old 02-20-2010, 01:43 AM   #1 
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Test Kit and other Supplies

Hi after all the reading I have decided it is best that I go get me one of them API Freshwater Master Test Kit's.

I am assuming that while I am at the store I should buy the PH up & PH down API stuff. Don't know why they don't include it in the kit...

Is there anything else that I should buy while I am there, would rather spend the $5 now then have to drive back (time, wear & tear, fuel argh!)...

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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Stress Coat
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:14 PM   #2 
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I wouldn't be fooling with the ph. ph fluctuations are very stressful on fish and its more important for the ph to be stable.
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:39 PM   #3 
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Hmm, ok I am confused now.

Why would I be testing for PH, if I don't want to be adjusting it if it is off?
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:40 PM   #4 
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Well for bettas, even if the PH itself isn't the best, simply having it stable is extremely more important. Rather it'd be stable than off.

Plus if you use it anyways, it reverts back to the original PH, making it kinda worse for bettas as well. (Not entirely sure about that, but I've heard multiple people say this.)

So I've heard. I don't use this, nor am I going to.

And you would be testing it just to see what it is too I guess.
Like if your PH was off, you could use a different water source with hopefully better PH. And when adding another fish, test their water and your water and see how long it will take for acclimation.
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:01 PM   #5 
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It's helpful to know your ph if you're adding water at all. For intance, right around the time I was thinking of changing my substrate over completely I was going to save half my water and add in new water for the other half. BUT when I tested my tap, the PH was 6 and my tank's PH is 7.4. I thought that was too big a shift, so I saved all my water. If you're chaning out a lot of water at a time you should know what your ph is in both the tank and your new source.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:51 PM   #6 
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Ahh i knew i was forgetting something! Yes, agreed with vaygirl
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:08 AM   #7 
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Woo I just saw these so I am going to back to get some
SeaChem Ammonia Alert

SeaChem pH Alert

The ammonia one say's it's good for a year so I'll get that one for sure, the PH one thou only 3-6 months so donno if that one is worth while.

Anyone have experiance with these?
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:47 PM   #8 
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I've heard very mixed reviews. I want it for myself too actually, but i've never seen it in stores.... some worked, some haven't. I'd keep looking at online reviews and such. If you do buy it, keep me updated! I'm interested in it!

Oh, but I think the main flaw for me is that it takes several hours for it to actually get updated. Or something like that...
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