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Hilde
08-06-2017, 06:09 PM
I live in an old apartment which I have been told has copper pipes. Thus I was wondering if other's near Mableton have the same water readings I get with Tetra strips (ppm)?

I get nitrates 80, Gh 150, Kh 40, Ph 6.8.

heatherbeast
08-06-2017, 08:46 PM
Yikes, those nitrates are high for drinking water. Like, disgustingly high -- as in make you barf within 15-20 minutes of drinking a glass of it. I'd get a liquid test kit and double check that. If it's real, I'd talk to a property manager about that.

Hilde
08-06-2017, 09:05 PM
Tested nitrates with liquid tester and got 0. Test with test strips was done Aug 2. Now test strips show gh 75 and nitrates 20. Must be something wrong with the test strips, which I bought on amazon. That is a relief.

I was just going to change out tank water with distilled water in. Now I see not necessary to do so. Thanks Heather

HN1
08-06-2017, 09:52 PM
The only thing that you should need to worry about with copper pipes is possible issues with inverts. The other parameters shouldn't be impacted. Test strips are notoriously inaccurate and untrustworthy.

mountainman36
08-06-2017, 10:14 PM
we have used copper pipes for decades because they are pretty reliable and dont impart much into the water, anything mostly....sometimes copper can leach in in highly alkaline water, but its not a problem like 99.9999% of the time

Hilde
08-06-2017, 10:58 PM
I put deionization-resin in my filters hoping it will absorb some of the copper.

Well now the ph is 6.8 so seems shouldn't have a problem with the copper pipes.