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Re: [AGA-Member] To much K in the water

How do you know that K is the problem? What test kit are
you using to measure K levels?

--- Nickeydundee@aol.com wrote:

> Hello ALL,
>         Thank you for responding to  some of my questions
> about RO water. A 
> new problem has just happened to me and  it is dealing
> with adding KNO3 to my 
> tank. I am trying to get a better N reading  and have
> been adding KNO3 powder 
> and guess I over did it somewhat. I was adding  it to the
> tank for about three 
> or four days now a little bit at a time and  then testing
> daily to get the 
> nitrate level and it was reading a zero so  add some more
> right. But, today 
> noticed some ick or maybe some lymph  outbreak on my
> discus so tested the K levels 
> of the water and the were above  three ppm or higher.
> From my readings I 
> thought that high levels would be ok and  not have a
> negative impact on fish but I 
> know now that it  does. My one discus is up at the top
> hurting because of the 
> high levels of  K so put a lot of carbon into the tank to
> pull the K out of 
> the water  hopefully it will be ok and the discus will
> make it. So, I have 
> learned first  hand not to have to high of a K level in a
> tank with fish in it. 
> But, begs  the question, what else can I use to bring up
> the nitrate  level???   
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