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    Hope I am in the correct place. I have not posted for some time but still operating my finny friends homes.

    Yesterday I tested the water in my 38 gallon tank and came up with Ammonia 0.00 ppm, Nitrates 0.00 ppm and nitrates at 80 + ppm!! I did a careful vacuum and 50 % h2 o change. Checked today and got the same readings. I am using as primary test kit the API Freshwater master Test Kit. I decided to try a API 5 in 1 test strip. I got the same readings for Ammonia and Nitrites. Nitrates registered 0.00 ppm! Both kits are not even close to being expired as per date.

    I went ahead and did another careful vacuum and 50% h2o change.

    Tried testing my 125 gallon tank and got the same results with both test kit. Both aquariums are given weekly h2o changes. Both are very lightly stocked. I am very careful in feeding. No change here. I always get nearly 0.00 ppm on all 3 tests. Not sure how to proceed.

    Any advice is welcomed and encouraged.

    Terry
    125 gallon FW community, 38 gallon FW community, 10 gallon FW Mollies, 10 gallon isolation, 2.6 gallon Betta, 1.5 gallon FW shrimp, small garden pond with 3 Comet goldfish and on Koi.

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    Are you shaking the hell out of the test solution as per directions before using? I even bang it on a hard surface to make sure everything is loose and shook up.

    Only other thing may be to take a sample to your lfs and ask them to test for you.

    Hope that helps

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    Not much to trouble shoot there. All I would do, is repeat the liquid test kit meticulously following the directions, and if the reading was still suspect, I would buy another liquid test kit.

    You haven't added anything to the tank recently? Some kind of fertiliser, or conditioner, additive, different food?
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    Agree with the above. Especially if it's been a few weeks or more since your last test, you really have to shake it like your trying to shake kill a couple maracas. A bit of a beating on the counter helps get the solution mixed back together and puts everything that's settled out back into suspension as it gets fairly settled into the bottom of the bottle. Especially the nitrAte #2 bottle.

    As for test strips reading 0, take that with a grain of salt as they are highly accurate when they work but they are quite easily contaminated... Heat, cold, moisture and I've heard even exposure to light over time can cause them to read inaccurately. Dollar for dollar the liquid kit is less expensive but the strips are quite nice for a quick spot check as even if they are off generally the reading will tell you some things up and you know to go ahead and grab a liquid test. :)

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    I follow the directions for shaking times to the letter. I even use a stop watch timer. I have been using this type of testing for a long time and always had good results.
    125 gallon FW community, 38 gallon FW community, 10 gallon FW Mollies, 10 gallon isolation, 2.6 gallon Betta, 1.5 gallon FW shrimp, small garden pond with 3 Comet goldfish and on Koi.

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    I am going to buy another Nitrate kit tomorrow. in the mean time doing heavy vacuuming and large water changes. Thx
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    I keep the test strips tightly sealed and at room temperature. The only reason I have them is for a quick test and like today, to obtain a comparison. In the meantime doing aggressive vacuuming again, large water changes. Tomorrow going to buy an new Nitrate set even though this one says it expires: 8/21.
    125 gallon FW community, 38 gallon FW community, 10 gallon FW Mollies, 10 gallon isolation, 2.6 gallon Betta, 1.5 gallon FW shrimp, small garden pond with 3 Comet goldfish and on Koi.

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    sheamurai,

    I forgot to answer your question about changes to aquarium. Nothing has changed. As I mentioned, both tanks are lightly stocked. Visually the water is crystal clear. I am running a Fluval 206 canister for the 38 gallon and a Fluval FX 6 for the 125 gallon.
    125 gallon FW community, 38 gallon FW community, 10 gallon FW Mollies, 10 gallon isolation, 2.6 gallon Betta, 1.5 gallon FW shrimp, small garden pond with 3 Comet goldfish and on Koi.

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    What is your filter cleaning schedule, for all filters involved?

    Dirty filters can harbor alot of trAtes, especially in lightly planted or non-planted tanks
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    Did you test your tap water?

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