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.
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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