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  1. Default Master Test Kit results


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    After years of keeping fish, I finally invested in an API Master Test Kit. (Thanks tax check!)

    A bit confused about results I got
    PH: 7.6
    Ammonia: .25
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 0

    I thought that your aquarium being cycled you were supposed to register at least some bit of nitrate? The ammonia is elevated because I've added some new fish and am getting ready to change the water.

    What should my numbers be? This tank has been up and running for... good grief like 2 years at least.
    30g:: Planted: 1 SAE, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 5 Guppies, 3 Platys, 1 zebra danio, 9 Rasboras

    2.5g: 1 Male Betta

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    If you are certain the tank is cycled the amount of nitrate would be determined by the amount of fish and the water changing schedule. Are you certain you shook the reagents for nitrate really well? There are zinc crystals in the second one that will settle to the bottom when the bottles are not in use and you need to shake the bottles quite a bit when you first buy them and if they have been sitting unused for a while.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    The nitrate test has to be done exactly to the instructions. Add the first solution then cap and shake the test tube. Next shake the 2nd solution vigorously for a full 30 seconds. Then add it to the test tube. Cap and shake for 1 full minute. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Check the results.

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    Alright, let me test again. Thanks guys. I will follow to the letter! Just a sec!
    30g:: Planted: 1 SAE, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 5 Guppies, 3 Platys, 1 zebra danio, 9 Rasboras

    2.5g: 1 Male Betta

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    Thanks! It actually turned colors this time haha. I hadn't shaken the #2 bottle.

    But, yikes! Nitrates are high!! Must go change water!

    What numbers should I be looking for when I am testing?
    30g:: Planted: 1 SAE, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 5 Guppies, 3 Platys, 1 zebra danio, 9 Rasboras

    2.5g: 1 Male Betta

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    Happy Mother's Day! - Slaphppy7 For 7,000 posts!! - steeler58 Thanks for the rep!! - steeler58 For working with new fish keepers! Outstanding this month. - Taurus Just Because - Surfdog 
    A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 
    Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass cheers - Fishhook 
    Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass No Message - Fishhook beeeeeeeer! - Sandz Bottoms up! (even though you don't drink, lol) - Slaphppy7 We miss you... - Compass 

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    It's best for nitrates to be around or below 20ppm between water changes. If they get higher do a big enough change to bring them down, then keep testing and that will tell you how often you need to do a water change. Ideally, they will stay at or below 20ppm and you can do one good sized water change a week.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    to mommy1's post
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
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    My nitrates depend on when they were taken. At the end of the week when a water change is needed or if the filters are dirty, then they will register higher. If I do a test right after a cleaning or water change, then I will have 0 or very, very close to 0 for many days.

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