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post #11 of 17 Old 03-01-2011, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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You can try tetra safe start but before that I would shake the nitrate #2 solution, while banging it on a table for a minute before adding the 10 drops as it seems to be slightly souble in the soution.


Okay, It says to shake it for about 30 seconds. Others say shake for about 2 minutes to get an accurate result. Tonight ill shake it and bang it on the table for 2 minutes. should i do a water change after check the Nitrate leval and see no Nitrates?
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You can try tetra safe start but before that I would shake the nitrate #2 solution, while banging it on a table for a minute before adding the 10 drops as it seems to be slightly souble in the soution.

Okay, It says to shake it for about 30 seconds. Others say shake for about 2 minutes to get an accurate result. Tonight ill shake it and bang it on the table for 2 minutes. should i do a water change after check the Nitrate leval and see no Nitrates?
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Okay, It says to shake it for about 30 seconds. Others say shake for about 2 minutes to get an accurate result. Tonight ill shake it and bang it on the table for 2 minutes. should i do a water change after check the Nitrate leval and see no Nitrates?
Yeah the second bottle really needs to be shaken well to make sure the crystals have broken up and then the test tube needs to shaken again. Yes test before water changes.
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Yeah the second bottle really needs to be shaken well to make sure the crystals have broken up and then the test tube needs to shaken again. Yes test before water changes.






I'll test the water tonight and definintly shake the second bottle for two minutes and the test tube to break up the crystals.
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I'll test the water tonight and definintly shake the second bottle for two minutes and the test tube to break up the crystals.

@Lipadj46, I test the water again tonight, and I took your advice on bottle number 2. Instead of 30 seconds, did it for 2 minutes. Ammonia - 0.25 ,Nitrite 0, and Nitrate - 5.0 . My tank is most there. Should i wait for the ammonia to be 0ppm before I add more fish? ). 0.25 is still in the safe zone. I want to add some ghost shrimp in my tank? I researched panda Cory catfish, and I want to add some to my tank once my tank is established? They will also help clean the bottom of my tank.
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@Lipadj46, I test the water again tonight, and I took your advice on bottle number 2. Instead of 30 seconds, did it for 2 minutes. Ammonia - 0.25 ,Nitrite 0, and Nitrate - 5.0 . My tank is most there. Should i wait for the ammonia to be 0ppm before I add more fish? ). 0.25 is still in the safe zone. I want to add some ghost shrimp in my tank? I researched panda Cory catfish, and I want to add some to my tank once my tank is established? They will also help clean the bottom of my tank.
Personally I would wait another few days or if you do add fish make sure to use prime when doing daily water changes.
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Personally I would wait another few days or if you do add fish make sure to use prime when doing daily water changes.


Okay, I'll wait and see what happens Sunday. keep doing my water changes. Thanks for the help
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