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Old 11-29-2012, 02:23 PM   #11
 
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Yes, you will get false readings if the #2 bottle is not shaken before use. The chemical in it crystalizes over time, so you have to break them up and get them back into the solution for the test to be accurate. The extend of how much shaking you have to do is a function of how long it has been since your last test. I shake mine for a full minute at the least, but often 2 minutes.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:26 PM   #12
 
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I got parasites from Petsmart( they throw parasites in for free) and thought I had gotten rid of them.
They throw in the ick sometimes too, God bless them. It should be an advertised special.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:27 PM   #13
 
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Haha, way to put a possitive spin on it ;)

But to be fair, almost every tank contains ich, it's just that healthy fish are able to fight it off on their own without it becomming a problem.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:33 PM   #14
 
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Haha, way to put a possitive spin on it ;)

But to be fair, almost every tank contains ich, it's just that healthy fish are able to fight it off on their own without it becomming a problem.
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And planted tanks have much less problems with ich as well.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #15
 
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So everyone says. I believe it, too. But I have had ick twice, and both times the rest of the fish in the same tank at the store came down with it too, within a day.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #16
 
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I've had the same, but sick fish coming in will be stressed, and their stress will cause stress in everyone else, and you get a chain reaction.

On the flip side, stable tanks that have been running for months (to years) with no new additions can suddenly come down with a case of ich.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:42 PM   #17
 
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On the flip side, stable tanks that have been running for months (to years) with no new additions can suddenly come down with a case of ich.
God save me from that.

I'm surprised my Silver Dollars have never come down with it. They stress themselves out sometimes. Skittish buggers.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #18
 
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And planted tanks have much less problems with ich as well.

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O.o. Huh?
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:44 PM   #19
 
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Using pliers, carefully remove the dropper portion of the #2 nitrate-test bottle and insert a pea-sized bead or pebble.

This "rattlecan" bottle makes it much easier to completely mix the #2 nitrate-test chemicals.

Byron apparently has a less sanguine opinion about the dangers of nitrates as expressed in this thread:http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-cycle-120564/

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #20
 
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Using pliers, carefully remove the dropper portion of the #2 nitrate-test bottle and insert a pea-sized bead or pebble.

This "rattlecan" bottle makes it much easier to completely mix the #2 nitrate-test chemicals.

Byron apparently has a less sanguine opinion about the dangers of nitrates as expressed in this thread:http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-cycle-120564/
Welp, I run 20-30ppm Nitrates consistant in my SW tank. Those numbers are not much, even Soft Corals need some. Would imagine those numbers are also not a big stand out in FW, as plants need those to thrive and grow.
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