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PostSubject: API reading nitrate wrong   Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:36 am

Anyone had false readings from their API test kits
Mainly nitrate
Tested tanks the other night
Both came up 160ppm nitrate
Thought it was a bit crazy, went to fish shop and they got 10ppm
This happened to a friend also
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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:37 am

the nitrate test kit needs to be very well shaken to get the right reading. I know i have failed to do this once or twice (or more), gotten readings that make no sense and pondered the situation, life, the universe and everything until i realised i forgot to shake the bottles

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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:24 am

10 drops nitrate 1, shake,
Then shake nitrate 2 for 30 secs, then 10drops
Then shake test tube for 1min
Hahaha i got that stuff memorized... Dunno why its reading wrong..
Maybe im not shaking crazy enough lol
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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:10 am

could be old too, they do have a shelf life. What it is I have no idea!

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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:31 pm

Haha yea thats what i thought til i saw 2018 haha ohwell lol
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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:07 pm

What water conditioner you using mate cause have read that get false reading if using prime. I personally cannot confirm or dismiss this claim but would at least take into consideration.
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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:07 pm

I just tested my tank before I did a water change, poor fishies.

Ammonia 2.0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 160+

WOWOWOW, my poor fish. I am waiting till after dinner to let everything settle down (after water change) to see how it's changed. Hopefully for the better. I also added a few floating plants, hopefully this helps. The fish don't appear to be in any distress which is odd. Either way, weekly water changes for this tank is not enough! It takes so long to test all the tanks, I have about 12 or so. I am going to test the main display tanks in a little bit.
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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:32 pm

For the weekly tests of that many tanks it might be easier to get the strips, and only move onto the drop tests (much more accurate) if there is something out of the norms

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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:47 pm

Just re tested the tank and everything seems WNL now.

Ammonia: .25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10

Do you think one water change can do that much!? It's been maybe 10 days tops since the last one.

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PostSubject: Re: API reading nitrate wrong   Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:58 am

90% change maybe otherwise no I don't think it was your probably better off buying a new nitrate test if your having that many problems with this one.
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