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post #1 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, sorry to be a pain but there are a few things i dont know yet.

Can someone explain to me what Cycling is

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Ammonia levels and how there messured.

Once again sorry to be a Dummie! pain in the but!
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:12 PM
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Alright Bishop... you need to get a crash course on cycling you go here: Tips for Cycling Your New Aquarium - The First Tank Guide - Getting Your Fish Tank Up and Running with Minimal Headaches.

Ammonia levels - as well as nitrites, and nitrates, and pH, and kH, and gH - are all measured through test kits that you can purchase at your local fish store. They'll fetch about 50$ for the bunch but well worth the $$$ if you're gonna keep fish for the long haul.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Alright Bishop... you need to get a crash course on cycling you go here: Tips for Cycling Your New Aquarium - The First Tank Guide - Getting Your Fish Tank Up and Running with Minimal Headaches.

Ammonia levels - as well as nitrites, and nitrates, and pH, and kH, and gH - are all measured through test kits that you can purchase at your local fish store. They'll fetch about 50$ for the bunch but well worth the $$$ if you're gonna keep fish for the long haul.

BTW, welcome to the forum.
Exellent... thanks so much.. really helpful!
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:31 PM
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An API Master Test kit can be purchased online for much cheaper than you'll find them retail.
I got mine here:

Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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An API Master Test kit can be purchased online for much cheaper than you'll find them retail.
I got mine here:

Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit
Thats 23 bucks... so about 15 quid? cool. what can you test with that??
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:38 PM
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with the API kit you can test nitrite, nitrate, pH, ammonia, i have it and it works awsome. it is a great kit plus you get over 800 tests
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-07-2009, 07:39 PM
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You can test your Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite with this - Which all 3 are crucial factors during your cycling. Also you can test your pH and hardness with these (which determines apart from tank size what fish you should ideally house)

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