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  1. mvh pets

    reef cycle

    hi. my new 20 gallon tank currently has 0.25 ppm ammonia( based on the api test kit) 0 ppm nitrite (based on the api test kit) and 2-5 ppm nitrate based on the salifert test kit. any idea how much more time i have to wait until i add hardy fish like clowns. thanks
  2. NicoB0817

    Best digital test kit

    I'm new to this hobby and don't want to continue coming to the fish store every week to get my water tested, but I don't want to have to deal with looking at all of those colors. I have seen 2 digital test kits, the Hanna test kit and the idip, the Hanna test kit is very expensive and I've heard the idip is inaccurate. I'm not made of money but I don't want something that's too inaccurate. Wich should I get (unless you know of any other ones)?
  3. So @brandon429 and I have this friendly ongoing back and forth about API's ammonia test kit (that we even sometimes take offline). Which, BTW, he has never tried, but that's besides the point. Anyways, I think we learn a lot during our debates. I do anyways. Well, I've been using API ammonia kits for over a decade without any notable problems. However, you can find instances online where people report getting ammonia results somewhere between 0.0 and 0.25 ppm, with seemingly healthy livestock in the the tank. I feel that many of these instances can be explained by trace amounts of ammonia (keep in mind that ammonia levels in the ocean and in our tanks are usually somewhere less than 0.1 ppm, but there is usually still some ammonia present). The results might also be due to: another ammonia source (like a death, or chloramine treated water, or ammonia contaminates in salt mix, or simply a newer tank) a false reading due to a water conditioner (ammonia detoxifier) such as Prime color match problems due to things like blue reef lighting or even discolored water expired or improperly shaken reagents That said, I always get undetectable ammonia results from my healthy, mature tanks. Still, I feel that API's ammonia test kit might be more sensitive than some other kits. This is concerning to some who seem to get low, but positive readings. So a recent debate with @brandon429 got me thinking, is there a way to make API's ammonia test kit a little less sensitive? This evening I decided to play around with one of their kits to see if I could adjust it so that it didn't read quite as high, but still detected ammonia. First, I dosed ammonium chloride into a test tank until it read 2 ppm by the API kit (following the kit's instructions of 8 drops from bottle #1, and 8 drops from bottle #2). Then I performed a test on that same water with 4 drops from bottle #1 and 4 drops from bottle #2. Obviously not a helpful result. Here are the results with 8 drops from bottle #1 and 4 drops from bottle #2. Again, not a helpful result. Finally, the results using 4 drops from bottle #1, and 8 drops from bottle #2. As you can see, I was able to reduce the sensitivity by lowering the amount of the bottle #1 reagent. While I'm not recommending cutting the bottle #1 reagent in half, I wonder if people would get more consistent negative results if they only used 7 drops instead of 8. Personally, I'm happy with how the kit works as is and won't be adjusting how much bottle #1 reagent I use. But I wouldn't mind getting some feedback on what I observed.
  4. CoralVue Aquarium Products

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  5. I have a clarification question regarding my alkalinity test. I have a Red Sea testing kit. I included a picture of the instructions and the reference page. The instructions say to add one drop of the KH indicator to obtain the “start” color. What’s confusing me is that my “start” color is a much lighter blue than the color they show. Should I add multiple drops to obtain the same color they show, and then start counting my drops? Or should I start counting drops right after my first drop, even though my start color is so light? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated! I imagine this will be an easy question to answer for someone with experience 🙂
  6. Hey guys, Anyone else frustrated with the red sea Alkalinity test kit. My new one recently has a final colour of Yellow/green. And no matter how many times I do it I just cant get a semi accurate reading of the colour change.. Before it used to turn from Blue to Red if I remember correctly. (has made me stop testing as pointless getting in-accurate readings :/ Debating switching to a Hanna Alk tester. But some people Ive spoken to say its not that good either.. Any thoughts or recommendations.
  7. Lugmos12

    Recommended Test Kit

    What test kit do you recommend? I've used API for my freshwater tanks but I'm not sure how well their marine test kits do.
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