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    Tropical Fish Enthusiast jimscott's Avatar
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    Snowmelt pH

    I decided to take the pH of my collected snowmelt water, using litmus paper. It comes out to 5. Talk about acid rain....

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    You can tell the differences in the seasons via pH which correspond the varying CO2 levels. I did this a few years back in Aquatic Toxicology class.

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    That is interesting. Have you ever tested your normal rain water's pH?

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    I'll have to test the rain water in a few months. I'm wondering if this acidic water is a bad thing for Mexican pings. Maybe I should stop using it and go with the distilled.

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    A pH of 5 isn't at all acidic for precipitation in the east. Distilled water in equilibrium with atmospheric CO2 will have pH ~ 5.5. With the higher CO2 level in the potting media, the pH will drop further.
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