Quick help with water test results, please
OK, bought an API test kit and just finished. Regular pH test was 7.6 so I tried the high pH and it was approx 8.0. Ammonia is 0-0.25, a little hard to tell, nitrite is VERY high, again hard to tell, but most likely 2.0 ppm although could be 5.0. Nitrate is 0. I have started a parital water change, maybe 50%? Not sure its good to do more at one time. I am looking up how to turn off UV, maybe that would help also. I have some stresszyme which it recommends so I could add that, but to pond or one of the filters? I am working all day tomorrow so I need to do something now and then I won't be able to test again until tomorrow night. I could run out and see If I can get some salt but that is unlikely if I take the time to do the water change first.
By the way, does it matter where in the pond I take the samples? I took them near the filter intakes not the outputs, or I could take them from the farthest point of either, sort of a triangle,
Oops, just found an old 40lb bag of Morton water softener salt that is probably 10 years old but still looks fine. It is half full so I have about 20 lbs. I could add some salt. Haven't done that in years. If I do, how much to add to a 300 gallon pond?
Oh ya, also not into dumping chemicals in my pond unless as a last resort. Water changes, bacteria, filtering and salt I don't think is going to hurt. I have not done anything yet except start a water change.
This post was edited by sue_ct on Sat, Jul 5, 14 at 20:00