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Old 02-12-2014, 01:05 PM   #31
 
So, without a doubt, the API Master Freshwater Test Kit is the best........right? Even for Beginner's, like us, it is THE BEST?

Ok, what about Prime Water Conditioner? Used it (4 eye dropper drops) on Monday when doing about a 50% water change w/vacuuming of the gravel and putting another live plant in. Put 4 more drops in yesterday.......advised by Petsmart after water test done.

Today (few minutes ago), looked at water and seen junk floating around. Looked like tiny pieces of fish flake. Done a 20% water change and added Conditioner. Research online yesterday, said to put a flake or two in to get bacteria going. So, I did. After checking water at Petsmart, told worker that I put flakes in and she told me to take them out.......don't want them, the test results said that. So, I used a baster and took as many as I could see laying on the gravel. Only had to add 8 oz. of water.

Now what? Just wait and check water tonight?
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:18 PM   #32
 
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API freshwater master kit is not the best, but it's a good kit. There are other tests that are more accurate... If accuracy is something that's important to you. In my opinion, as long as you aren't getting false positives the test is fine. Whether you have .25ppm ammonia or .5 ppm is irrelevant, as you'll be doing the same thing in either case - water change and dose with water conditioner. Yes, the test results will give you an idea of how much water needs to be changed, but unless there's a huge difference it's not going to make a difference.

All in all it's a great kit to have for those that want to test their water. Personally, I would like to see more tests considering they call it a "master" kit.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:11 PM   #33
 
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there is a true master kit I'm sure,and you can buy it from amazon
i believe, and probably plenty of other places…it's looks a little bit like
a mans briefcase,and its packed with lots more than the mini
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:23 PM   #34
 
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If one really wanted to keep tabs on them, in addition to the master kit (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH), one would need to get GH and KH, as well as phosphate, TDS (total dissolved solids) and probably a couple of others. I think the GH and KH should be included in the "master" kit.

Says the guy that never tests for anything
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:29 PM   #35
 
You NEED a source of ammonia to cycle the tank. If you keep removing the fish flakes, they won't break down and produce ammonia, which, as you know, provides food for the bacteria we are trying to grow. Prime is an EXCELLENT choice in water conditioner. There are kits out there much better than API Master but you will be paying a pretty penny for them. API is the best, most available and affordable choice.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:33 PM   #36
 
Ok, here are the very latest few minutes ago) water perimeters from testing with the API Strips here at home:

Nitrate: between 80 and 160
Nitrite: 10
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.5
(hope our eyes are comparing the strips with the color code on the container right)

What are these numbers mean???? Do we need a pinch of fish flake?
Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:14 PM   #37
 
Yes, add some fish food. Your cycle is coming along well. When you have no ammonia or nitrites, just nitrates, it means your tank is cycled. Do a water change at this point to bring your nitrates down and you can go get your fish. Nitrates should stay under 20ppm at all times once your tank is cycled. You remove them through water changes. I wouldn't do any more water changes until you get 0 for ammonia and nitrites.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:02 PM   #38
 
Funny, you and another Replier (different forum) told me the cycling is coming along, while another replier told me "you tank is not cycling and the strips are faulty. Get the Master Kit ASAP!" You did tell me to add some fish food while the other Replier who's comments match yours, didn't say that.

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Yes, add some fish food. Your cycle is coming along well. When you have no ammonia or nitrites, just nitrates, it means your tank is cycled. Do a water change at this point to bring your nitrates down and you can go get your fish. Nitrates should stay under 20ppm at all times once your tank is cycled. You remove them through water changes. I wouldn't do any more water changes until you get 0 for ammonia and nitrites.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:49 AM   #39
 
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Definitely looks like your cycle is coming along. But its also true that you're not fully cycled yet. You're getting stuck a little at the nitrite stage, but you are producing nitrate, which is good.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:56 AM   #40
 
Thursday 7:45AM: Just checked the water perimeters with API Strips and the readings haven't changed from last night! Same as below.

We did crush up a piece of fish flake last night and put into tank, but no change in water perimeters.

Looks like we will be getting two more of the "hardy" minnows. Had Rosy Red's last time, but read that Zebra Danio's can handle the cycling as well.
Wondering.....put in two minnows like last time, or put in three this time? BTW, it's a 5 gallon aquarium.

Wife is now helping me with comparing the test strips to the color coding chart on the strips container. At our age, 2 sets of eyes are better than one set! LOL, but true!



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Ok, here are the very latest few minutes ago) water perimeters from testing with the API Strips here at home:

Nitrate: between 80 and 160
Nitrite: 10
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.5
(hope our eyes are comparing the strips with the color code on the container right)

What are these numbers mean???? Do we need a pinch of fish flake?
Thanks!

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