- Dec 15, 2008
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- Michigan zone 5b
I am new. But have had aquariums. Will my aquarium test kits work with pond? I assume it will.
CS;I am new. But have had aquariums. Will my aquarium test kits work with pond? I assume it will.
fw pond or fw aquarium, it's an aquatic environment so the test kits will work the same.I am new. But have had aquariums. Will my aquarium test kits work with pond? I assume it will.
isn't there some numbers? I seem to recall 100 or more for kh...again, I don't worry about this but the OP might need to know basic healthy ranges for each...Hey Michael,
KH is carbonate hardness, GH is all other minerals.
KH and GH are basically "bookends" that keep PH within healthy water quality parameters for fish.
KH prevents PH from dropping too low because it helps nitrifying bacteria process decaying organic matter and neutralizes acids.
GH prevents PH from rising too high because it balances out biological processes by telling you that you have enough minerals that allow complete processing of biological matter.
The end goal is to have nitrogen safely processed from ammonia back to nitrogen that plants can utilize.
A healthy reading using the API test kit for KH and GH is 6 or more drops each.
Thanks, Mitch!Yes, the simplest number is the number of drops, 6.
6 drops is 100 ppm.
That is an acceptable minimum.
Readings above that are most likely fine, unless it's an extreme amount which we need to examined on a case by case basis. I would consider anything above 22 drops (400 ppm) something to be looked at a bit closer.
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