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post #21 of 28 Old 02-23-2012, 01:58 PM
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Yes. Which test kit are you using? If it is the API, are you aware that Regent #2 should be shaken for 2 minutes before adding the 8 drops? The instructions say 30 seconds, but this frequently gives a false (and much higher) result. If you weren't before, try this and see what you get.

Second, I can't see how the plumbing would affect this. Nitrate for our purposes is caused by organics. People on well water can have high nitrates due to seepage from agricultural things like farming (plants release nitrate into the soil if they have excess) and livestock. But I can't see this coming from plumbing.

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Regent #2 needs to be shaken for 2 minutes "Vigorously" - Inga walked me through it. I followed the direction from the kit too. I tested it 3 times.

Mine said add 10 drops from each bottle. not 8.

I don't understand how it goes from 6.8ppm to 60ppm from the source to my tap.
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Byron I like this The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]


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Byron I like this The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]


Yes it is so true.

I got a perfect 5ml sample too.... I returned the kit and am going to purchase another one tomorrow at PetSmart when they get their new shipment in (they are receiving new ones tomorrow).

I also removed the two CAE's and gave them back to the store.

tomorrow I receive more plants and I am going to give away the two tetras so my tank should be fine :D
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API Master Test Kit.

Regent #2 needs to be shaken for 2 minutes "Vigorously" - Inga walked me through it. I followed the direction from the kit too. I tested it 3 times.

Mine said add 10 drops from each bottle. not 8.

I don't understand how it goes from 6.8ppm to 60ppm from the source to my tap.
That's a newer version of the test; mine is 8, but it is 2-3 years old. At least they have corrected the time issue.

Does the water supply have a website? If you can post the link I'll have a look. Something is out here, maybe they have a different measurement. If you multiply their 6.8 by 10 you are close to what you test. We need to be talking apples and apples, not apples and oranges.

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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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That's a newer version of the test; mine is 8, but it is 2-3 years old. At least they have corrected the time issue.

Does the water supply have a website? If you can post the link I'll have a look. Something is out here, maybe they have a different measurement. If you multiply their 6.8 by 10 you are close to what you test. We need to be talking apples and apples, not apples and oranges.
I returned the test and am gettinga new one from petsmart tomorrow. I think one of my fish is sick....i posted it under the disease thread.
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I tested my tap water and the results were quite disturbing.

PH: Over 7.6 (No surprise)
Ammonia: .5 (Why..? Not the end of the world I guess)
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10 (????)

Why are there Nitrates in my tap water? I shook the [2nd] bottle for probably 3 minutes!
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I tested my tap water and the results were quite disturbing.

PH: Over 7.6 (No surprise)
Ammonia: .5 (Why..? Not the end of the world I guess)
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10 (????)

Why are there Nitrates in my tap water? I shook the [2nd] bottle for probably 3 minutes!
Mines came out at 40-60....what is the world coming to...
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This is not all that unusual, though disturbing. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate can be present in municipal water supplies, which is why I always recommend aquarists to check their tap water for all three so they know what they are dealing with. And, this can change from time to time. One of our members, aunt kymmie, discovered a sudden and unexpected appearance of nitrite in her tap water.

The ammonia is easily handled. At a level of 0.5 it will easily be handled by live plants at water changes, but I would stay with 30-40% volume changes so as not to overload the system. At higher levels, a conditioner that detoxifies ammonia can be used, this would turn the ammonia to ammonium for 24-48 hours by which time the plants and bacteria would handle it.


The nitrate could be handled similarly, Prime is the only conditioner I know that detoxifies nitrate, there may be others. And the plants will help. With high levels though I might want something along what Termato is asking about, and I'll be interested in other members' views on that. I've never had to deal with nitrates myself.

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