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post #1 of 3 Old 09-01-2012, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Nitrate at zero

I am worried that my nitrates are always at zero, clear~with the api master water testing kit? Is that bad?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-01-2012, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by ladydelaware55 View Post
I am worried that my nitrates are always at zero, clear~with the api master water testing kit? Is that bad?
Is the tank planted?

There is an issue with the liquid in the Nitrate #2 bottle separating. You MUST shake the bottle for a full 2 minutes prior to adding it to the test tube to allow the liquid to mix properly. Then shake the test tube for a minute.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-01-2012, 11:42 AM
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Post #1 was made in a very old thread (from 2008), so I have moved it and the two response posts to a new thread.

I think AD's post (#3) was more in relation to the old thread data... if so, AD can edit as he sees fit.

To the nitrate issue, Tazman is correct. Also, do you have live plants? This can make a difference.

Last but certainly not least, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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