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Thread: Cheat Sheet

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    Hi everyone,
    Lots of us here use the API Freshwater Master Test Kit to test the water in our aquariums. While the test kit itself is very useful, the instructions provided with it are cumbersome at best, in my opinion. I made a quick reference "cheat sheet" set of instructions for each parameter test. Of course, you fill each test tube with tank water up the line provided, then add the chemicals as shown below.

    I have used this cheat sheet for quite awhile now. I have it copied to a Word document located on my home PC desktop

    Any comments, suggestions, or opinions are welcome


    AMMONIA:
    8 DROPS FROM BOTTLE 1, INVERT TO MIX, 8 DROPS FROM BOTTLE 2, SHAKE 5 SECONDS, WAIT 5 MINUTES.

    NITRATE:
    10 DROPS FROM BOTTLE 1, INVERT TO MIX, SHAKE VIGOROUSLY SHAKE BOTTLE 2, 30 SECONDS OR MORE, 10 DROPS FROM BOTTLE 2, SHAKE HARD FOR 1 MINUTE, WAIT 5 MINUTES.

    PH:
    3 DROPS, INVERT TO MIX, RESULTS ARE IMMEDIATE.


    NITRITE:
    5 DROPS, SHAKE 5 SECONDS, WAIT 5 MINUTES.

    HIGH PH:
    5 DROPS, INVERT TO MIX, RESULTS ARE IMMEDIATE.
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    Thanks for playing - mommy1 for the nice gift - SeaLady After all that help I owe you a beer! - Richard Peche Thanks! - Plecos Some more halloween candy for killing zombies - mommy1 
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    Thanks Slap. Yeah for some reason I can never remember which bottle does what and looking through the little booklet is a fun chore. Looks good to me.
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    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 
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    The number of drops is printed on the bottles, and if necessary the bottles are numbered 1 and 2. All you really need to remember is to shake the crap out of the second nitrate reagent.
    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
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    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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    TGIF - Taurus right back at cha! - fishmommie TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 Happy B Day! - Taurus Which leaves on to ask which came first the cake or the beer! - Taurus 
    Happy B-day buddy! - steeler58 Happy 51st...and many more! - Rue Congrats on your cycle!! - RiversGirl thanks - fishmommie Have a Cory for passing 15,000 post's; WOW!! - steeler58 
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    Thanks Rob...yeah, I didn't make the cheat sheet with 20 different languages like the original instructions have, so it's a bit more condensed
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    My first gift goes to you, hope you like the rummy nose :) - fish gazer Thanks so much. - metweezer here's to 14,000 posts :) - steeler58 For a Super-good idea! - Rue TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 
    TGIF!! - steeler58 TGIF!! - steeler58 TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF back at you! - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb 
    TGIF - Taurus right back at cha! - fishmommie TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 Happy B Day! - Taurus Which leaves on to ask which came first the cake or the beer! - Taurus 
    Happy B-day buddy! - steeler58 Happy 51st...and many more! - Rue Congrats on your cycle!! - RiversGirl thanks - fishmommie Have a Cory for passing 15,000 post's; WOW!! - steeler58 
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - steeler58 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - aquariumlover10 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - gronlaura Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - SeaLady 

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    The number of drops is printed on the bottles, and if necessary the bottles are numbered 1 and 2. All you really need to remember is to shake the crap out of the second nitrate reagent.
    Indeed it is...in microscopic print.
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    Ammonia test is 8 drops from bottle1, 8 drops from bottle 2, shake tube for 5 secs, wait 5 minutes.

    There is No invert in between bottle 1 and bottle 2.

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    My first gift goes to you, hope you like the rummy nose :) - fish gazer Thanks so much. - metweezer here's to 14,000 posts :) - steeler58 For a Super-good idea! - Rue TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 
    TGIF!! - steeler58 TGIF!! - steeler58 TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF back at you! - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb 
    TGIF - Taurus right back at cha! - fishmommie TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 Happy B Day! - Taurus Which leaves on to ask which came first the cake or the beer! - Taurus 
    Happy B-day buddy! - steeler58 Happy 51st...and many more! - Rue Congrats on your cycle!! - RiversGirl thanks - fishmommie Have a Cory for passing 15,000 post's; WOW!! - steeler58 
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - steeler58 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - aquariumlover10 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - gronlaura Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - SeaLady 

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    Quote Originally Posted by pRED View Post
    Ammonia test is 8 drops from bottle1, 8 drops from bottle 2, shake tube for 5 secs, wait 5 minutes.

    There is No invert in between bottle 1 and bottle 2.
    You are correct, thanks for the clarification. Inverting the tube does no harm, though.

    I have corrected this in my original copy, thanks again
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    Matt had also posted this link to the online color chart for this test kit. (I forget where he posted that, I'd have quoted him if I could have found it)

    I've bookmarked it to use though, and thought his link would be handy in this thread too.

    http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/downloads.html
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    My first gift goes to you, hope you like the rummy nose :) - fish gazer Thanks so much. - metweezer here's to 14,000 posts :) - steeler58 For a Super-good idea! - Rue TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 
    TGIF!! - steeler58 TGIF!! - steeler58 TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF back at you! - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb 
    TGIF - Taurus right back at cha! - fishmommie TGIF back at you :) - steeler58 Happy B Day! - Taurus Which leaves on to ask which came first the cake or the beer! - Taurus 
    Happy B-day buddy! - steeler58 Happy 51st...and many more! - Rue Congrats on your cycle!! - RiversGirl thanks - fishmommie Have a Cory for passing 15,000 post's; WOW!! - steeler58 
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    ^^ Nice addition, thanks Rivers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    Matt had also posted this link to the online color chart for this test kit. (I forget where he posted that, I'd have quoted him if I could have found it)

    I've bookmarked it to use though, and thought his link would be handy in this thread too.

    http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/downloads.html
    just something to keep in mind when comparing the parameters with the online charts..
    They will be close and in the ball park to the original print cards, but remember your monitor sees RGB. In reality the were printed with 4color process. The varying light and brightness will be different from monitor to monitor as well. This may make a light green look yellow or light green look dark green (depending on your monitor setting).
    Last edited by Fishhook; 06-06-2014 at 09:53 PM. Reason: typo

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