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Old 02-23-2016, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My ph is 7.6, KH is 53.7, and GH is 143.2 out of the tap. My tank is reading the same. I have planes and driftwood in the tank. Any concerns or things I should watch out for?
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Always include the units when you post numbers.
Is the KH 53.7ppm? and the GH 143.2ppm?
Hobby test kits are not accurate into the decimal range, are you using lab grade testing supplies?

If these are ppm, then I would say the KH is about as low as is reasonable. As it drops lower it allows the pH to change more easily.
The GH is higher, well suited to most community fish that have been raised in captivity, or fish from moderately soft water. Perhaps some live bearers would be OK in this water, too.
Too hard for wild caught soft water fish, though.
Not hard enough for Rift Lake fish.
Most of the plants that we keep in aquariums are quite adaptable, and these parameters are just fine for almost all plants.
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I'm assuming it is ppm. I'm using the test kit from api, and used their conversation chart according to how many drops you use. I'm keeping Enders and cheery shrimp in the tank. Maybe defrostersmith.com has a better one I can purchase.
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With API kits just count drops and call it degrees (German degrees of hardness). No need to convert.
Endlers and Red Cherry Shrimp should do just fine.
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