03-24-2008, 06:02 AM
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1)Prepare room temperature(Colorado...60 degree weather) water with conditioner(an empty 1 gallon water jug? Not sure what kind of measuring container would work best to get the right ratio of water:conditioner...)
2) Drain 50% of the water in the tank. (could anyone suggest a good method to do this? Using a bucket seems like it'll get messy.)
3)Pour the conditioned water into the tank.
4)Let sit for another week.
Question 2: Can you even reuse the test kit over and over without needing to buy expensive(assumingly) refills? Do they sell them at Wal-Mart or Petco/Petsmart?
Should I test the water before I pour it into the tank to make sure the conditioner worked fully?
If I buy a standard water test kit, what readings should I look for exactly?
PS: I'll be looking over that cycle guide posted earlier later tonight. I'll ask any questions I have concerning that before I go to bed.[/quote]
get a clean bucket that has not been used for anything else,and keep it as your fish only bucket,put your new clean water in there,and add the conditioner,give it a stir,and leave to one side while you empty the old water from the tank..you can use a jug(clean unused)to empty dirty tank water.once you have done that,boil the kettle and add some hot water to the bucket of clean water just to take the chill from the clod water,
slowly add the clean water to the tank,then turn the heater back on,
and all should be fine.
the test kit you can reuse,it should have enough in it to last a long time.
you will be testing for Amonia.nitrAte and nitrIte.
you can get the test kits from pet stores.