Are we suppose to only use tannins depending on what our readings are or be able to use them anyway as long as we don't have a pH that is acid enough to burn them?
My only source of a quick fix is anything you can buy at WalMart. I did buy some Jungle Ammonia Clear. As soon as I can get a list of other things I need, I'll order some Seachem Neutral Regulator that keeps the pH at 7.0 (prevents ammonia from coverting to harmful type which happens when pH gets over 7.0) along with conditioning/softening/binds ammonia, etc. and stimulates slime coat production if you think that is a better way to go with my water than just using Prime.
Testing is done with:
Seachem Ammonia Alert=registers only the Free/gaseous (NH3) which is harmful to fish
Jungle Ammonia strips and 5way Testing Strips (Ammonia being replaced for not working)
....Only method to test KH/GH
API Master Test Kit
Last week one night about 6pm I drew up a jar of water and had it tested at a Petsmart in Fort Worth, Texas the next day at about 2:30pm. Their report was that my water was fine, but on the hard side like all the other water in the area is. I didn't watch them do the test since I was in a hurry to grab what I needed and head home since my eyes where dilated and would have to face the sun setting all the way home. Stayed cloudy, but I've never driven with dilated eyes and had an 1+ hrs worth of driving to do.
Tonight I tested 6 different samples of water. Had to stop during it to feed the animals outside. Then found out when flushing my sink it was leaking under the sink so I had to clean that toxic mess up. If any of the ammonia/nitrate solutions (harmful to contact/breath) didn't make it straight down the drain then it backed up into a pan under the sink I keep there for leaks that had Mr. Clean or something in it.
KH/GH all from Jungle Test Strips which do read off compared to the kit.
....sometimes guide to which pH in the kit to use=High or regular
....Nitrite/Nitrate matched kits reading 0, but when present gave over/under ranges
....5-way strip seem good for quick check nitrite/nitrate and if not 0 you need to use a kit.
....Yet you are considering every strip in the bottle is a good one which may not be the case.
Source Water=Warm checked immediately
Source Water=set 45hr
Source Water=set 45hr 68*& Tetra Betta Safe
Ammona Alert=0.2ppm free/gaseous NH3
Water was suppose to be used tonight as a change
KH strip on a tank that is cycling with a filter read 40-80ppm...Same
Plants in 2 gallon glass jar since 12-06 from a water change of betta water:
Ammonia=8.0+ppm (Kit total black not see white of card at all)
Nitrite/Nitrate=2.0/5.0(maybe-forgot to log right away)ppm