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post #11 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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i dont know what my levels are. i could take in a sample to my lfs and see
do they normally charge to test your water levels?

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post #12 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 06:27 PM
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All the store I go to, test for free.
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post #13 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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so i just put water in a baggy walk in and ask politely for a water test? how long does it normally take?
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post #14 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 06:39 PM
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All the stores I go to, use the test strips, so only a couple minutes.
If you have the money, I would pick up an API liquid freshwater testing kit, more accurate than strips.
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post #15 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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ah so if i go to the store i wont get numbers?
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post #16 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 07:58 PM
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The test strips also give the reading is numbers, just not as accurate as the liquid tube test.
The strips will still give you a good ball park figure. The stores use the strips, because it is faster.
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post #17 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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alright ill try to get a water sample tomorrow
you want ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate right?
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post #18 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 08:59 PM
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Yep, ph would be good to know as well. Have them write the levels down for you.
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post #19 of 28 Old 09-13-2009, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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ok, how much water should i bring?
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post #20 of 28 Old 09-14-2009, 05:20 AM
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I would take a cup full. A container with a lid, works best.
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