Gh Question!

Discussion in 'pH' started by Blaggy, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. BlaggyValued MemberMember

    Hey guys, so I'm in the beginning stages of cycling my first tank. I checked my pH today and noticed it had dropped to 6.6. I decided to add API pH 7.0 to bring it back up, but after further reading I realized doing this could ultimately harm my cycling process so I'm going to leave it alone in the future unless it gets dangerous. Anyway, this prompted me to check my local tap water and I found these readings:

    pH - 6.5-7
    KH - 180ppm
    GH - 0ppm <---This was something I found to be very curious. Is this a thing? Does this mean I have super soft water? Is this dangerous?

    I checked my tank and these were the results:

    pH - 6.5-7
    KH - 180ppm
    GH - 0ppm

    So I guess I'm just curious about the GH being at 0 or if the test I'm using isn't reliable. They were the 5-1 API Test Strips. I have the API Master Kit for pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate.
  2. DakotablueValued MemberMember

    You are better off using the liquid API test kits, they make one for GH and KH. In the long run you will thank yourself for it as it is much more accurate.

    It is possible to have very soft water but I would do a more reliable test first before jumping to any conclusions.

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