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I do both!..then unless the reading is 0.0 , I also try different angles, and then seek the opinion of others...some tests (like ph) are not always easy to read accurately
 

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It's funny because sometimes I'll think that it's closer to one color and then another.
I usually end up with the test tube up against the card.
 
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I tested a lot when I first set my pond up...my results were much like @ZEROPILOT...but I haven't tested in about two months. The water looks good (I know that's not a determination) and the fish look healthy, are growing, and eating well.
 
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Got a tester because I was suppose to (against the advise of the pond store that sold it to me). Used it a couple of times and never used it again. What I came to realize was that I had a pond and not a swimming pool. There was nothing I could do if the water tested bad other than to add "stuff" and since stuff is bad why bother? Just do a compete or partial water change. I also found that the results from the $10 dollar test kit did not match the test from the county health department where I get my well water tested they weren't even close. I'm guessing that they don't use $10 dollar kits there. To me test kits are like the old snake oil treatments. Your fish have spots on them test your water, your fish are cross eyed test your water, your water looks green test your water, your plants don't flower test your water, your rocks are slimy test your water,your water looks clear test your water just in case. Test your water weekly and you will be assured of still having all of the above.
 
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Got a tester because I was suppose to (against the advise of the pond store that sold it to me). Used it a couple of times and never used it again. What I came to realize was that I had a pond and not a swimming pool. There was nothing I could do if the water tested bad other than to add "stuff" and since stuff is bad why bother? Just do a compete or partial water change. I also found that the results from the $10 dollar test kit did not match the test from the county health department where I get my well water tested they weren't even close. I'm guessing that they don't use $10 dollar kits there. To me test kits are like the old snake oil treatments. Your fish have spots on them test your water, your fish are cross eyed test your water, your water looks green test your water, your plants don't flower test your water, your rocks are slimy test your water,your water looks clear test your water just in case. Test your water weekly and you will be assured of still having all of the above.

Well said.
 
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I understand testing some stuff, like I’d like a good baseline of water ph fresh from the faucet; but a lot of it I don’t know what’s what. I know ph is how acidic or alkaline the water is; but how to adjust it if needed? And what causes it to change? Ammonia is pee, nitrates or something like that is gunk rotting in there, the other nitrogen thing is it after bacteria breaks it down. But to be honest, I don’t know what’s what, why it’s done, or how to fix what is wrong. I’ve just kinda let my fish be. Water dirty: clean it. Water low, add fresh. Water funky- drain and add new. Fish got sick, I found out cause and medicated them while I cleaned the pool. ( 10 odd fish, 5 full size adults, in a 40 gal aquarium for medication ease was not nice. Daily 50% changes!) can a test advocate explain?
 
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I understand testing some stuff, like I’d like a good baseline of water ph fresh from the faucet; but a lot of it I don’t know what’s what. I know ph is how acidic or alkaline the water is; but how to adjust it if needed? And what causes it to change? Ammonia is pee, nitrates or something like that is gunk rotting in there, the other nitrogen thing is it after bacteria breaks it down. But to be honest, I don’t know what’s what, why it’s done, or how to fix what is wrong. I’ve just kinda let my fish be. Water dirty: clean it. Water low, add fresh. Water funky- drain and add new. Fish got sick, I found out cause and medicated them while I cleaned the pool. ( 10 odd fish, 5 full size adults, in a 40 gal aquarium for medication ease was not nice. Daily 50% changes!) can a test advocate explain?

That's a complex question that requires a complex answer. I think when you get those water test kits that I suggested in the other thread and post the results, we (the members here at GPF) can help you go over the results, how to interpret them and what to do from there (if anything).
- if you can become an expert in maintaining a high quality of water, you will be able to do most anything you want to do with your pond.
 
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When I am particularly worried about it, or want to make sure..... I take pictures of it with my iPhone., back light, front light, flash on, under incandescent, and so on. Then take a consensus
 
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There should be a book of pond info for newbies. What to test, when to test, how to fix the issue . But yes, I’ll be getting a test kit and test my water. Random question though, what changes the ph in pond water? Fish pee? Decaying matter?
 

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There is a bunch of newbi pond info out there, a lot don't read it.

My ph balanced out once I got the hardness up by adding crushed oyster shells and time.
 
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There should be a book of pond info for newbies. What to test, when to test, how to fix the issue . But yes, I’ll be getting a test kit and test my water. Random question though, what changes the ph in pond water? Fish pee? Decaying matter?
Ph is the measurement of hydrogen ions and is affected by the respiration (breathing) of fish, plants and bacteria.
The fish pee and decaying matter is part of the nitrogen cycle, which is processed by bacteria and plants. As those bacteria and plants breathe, the PH will change.
 
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I always thought ph has to do with minerals is the water. Good to know. I wondered why it might change.
 

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