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Old 05-24-2011, 11:46 AM   #1 
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my alk is higher than the water hardness?

someone told me something is wrong if this happens..... is this okay or should I be worried? it's like a lot higher ><;
I am using strips, I'm doing a liquid test momentarily. but this is always the case, alk is always higher than hardness and it's much higher today ><
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:48 PM   #2 
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What were the hardness and alkalinity readings?

Temp, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH?
Do you aerate the tank?
Do you use salt?
Do you have an algae bloom?

Having the alk above the hardness can indicate a high load of trans metallics and if the hardness is zero it can indicate violent fluctuations in pH are coming.

Or it could be you touched the alk pad when you handled the dip strip.

Best to do a water change and check the aeration while you get the above info.

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Old 05-24-2011, 07:54 PM   #3 
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how do you check aeration?

temp is preset heated to 78 so it's always around there, sometimes just a little higher, maybe a little lower on cold days, not sure, but around there, thermo doensn't read right..
not aerated but filtered which is supposed to aerate it okay?
I used salt in the very beginning but it shouldn't be there now it's had a ton of water changes.
I can't SEE any algae blooms, they could be hidden on the plants, maybe? but not any I can see >^<


my PH is around 5.5 already, regular basis, I can't get it to change no matter how much how often or how little ( though I haven't checked the little side a ton for obvious reasons ) I change the water.
hardness is not zero, it's somewhere between 25 and 75, my liquid test doesn't measure those.
no Nitrite, no Nitrate. hardly any ammonia ( it is planted so maybe that's why, not sure )

I always make sure not to touch them so that's possible but I don't think so, and it's always higher than hardness by at least a little,
though it was higher thanusual today.
I'mma get some more strips asap and test it again, I did some water change though, since I was removing some decaying plant leaves as well.

do I need something specific for aeration? and how do I test it? thanks ^-^

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Old 05-25-2011, 02:52 PM   #4 
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Are you using reverse osmosis water?

Any LFS will have something to add hardness to the water... if your water is under 6.0 and isn't filtered for hardness somehow then its not safe to drink.

Adding some aeration to the tank is easy enough, $12.00 or so at walmart will get you hose pump and stone, you can just wedge it down in the power filter either in back or front.
BUT I'm assuming there's a hardness and additive issue at hand. Is there any driftwood in the tank?

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Old 05-25-2011, 09:32 PM   #5 
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it's just tap water >^< with treatement of BettaSafe.
we drink it all the time so ><;

is aeration needed?
no, no drift wood D:
money wort, anubias, oriental sword.
blue AQ gravel
plastic ball for playing with if he wants, just added some glowing beads, only one atm though and that was today.
thermo,
heater,
filter,
silk leaf baffle
betta bed leaf
that's all D:
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