I hav well water with a salt softener. Ph coming out of the tap is 8.0. I have ph up and down and I use a 5 gallon bucket to water with. I add some ph down and mix the water. I use a ph pen on the surface to get a reading. Is this the proper way to treat my water? I read you only need to balance ph when adding nutes. Is this true? Also how do people collect run off for a ph reading? I have buckets lined up on the floor and to get a run off reading I would need to remove the bucket from the room. Place a collection tray under and run some water thru it. I hate PH!! Also I'm using ffof anf ffhf.