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Old 05-15-2010, 09:40 AM   #11
 
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I hope you don't lose the pictus! Great cats and a personal favorite of mine. He will love the 55. Good luck! (The product RedBelly is referring to is Seachem's Stability)
Yeah I hope I dont lose him either he is my favorite =/
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:42 AM   #12
 
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i may need to buy new test strips i cant help but think that this thing is wrong i do 2 50% water changes in a 24 hour period and the level doesn't decrease???? something has to be wrong with the tester right??

I dont think I lost the platy due to ammonia. I think she was sick from the pet store. she never ate since i brought her home so I think she was gonna die regardless
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:13 AM   #13
 
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i may need to buy new test strips i cant help but think that this thing is wrong i do 2 50% water changes in a 24 hour period and the level doesn't decrease???? something has to be wrong with the tester right??

I dont think I lost the platy due to ammonia. I think she was sick from the pet store. she never ate since i brought her home so I think she was gonna die regardless
Test strips are horribly innaccurate. I use an API freshwater liquid test kit, as do most of us. A little pricey but if the tests are performed according to the instructions they are right on as far as water results. Maybe you can purchase one? At the very least get the API ammonia liquid test kit.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:17 AM   #14
 
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Test strips are horribly innaccurate. I use an API freshwater liquid test kit, as do most of us. A little pricey but if the tests are performed according to the instructions they are right on as far as water results. Maybe you can purchase one? At the very least get the API ammonia liquid test kit.
hmm ill see if i can pick one of those up today. I mean is my theory possible? shouldn't my ammonia levels have dropped after doing 2 50% changes in 24 hours?
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:26 AM   #15
 
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hmm ill see if i can pick one of those up today. I mean is my theory possible? shouldn't my ammonia levels have dropped after doing 2 50% changes in 24 hours?
Yes, it is very well likely that your test strips aren't giving you a proper reading. I would think that after two 50% water changes in a 24 hour period of time would barely give a raeding for ammonia. It's not as if you have that many fish in there to produce a huge level of an ammonia reading in such a short time. Get your hands on a liquid test and post results. I think it'll give you a different reading.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:51 AM   #16
 
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Yes, it is very well likely that your test strips aren't giving you a proper reading. I would think that after two 50% water changes in a 24 hour period of time would barely give a raeding for ammonia. It's not as if you have that many fish in there to produce a huge level of an ammonia reading in such a short time. Get your hands on a liquid test and post results. I think it'll give you a different reading.
ok ill try today let you know soon
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:13 PM   #17
 
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hey guys know its been a minute. But I seem to have gotten everything under control! Fish seem to be doing ok with the exception of losing my female molly (Reasons Unknown)
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