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Old 06-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
 
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I use standard aquarium gravel. I don't know anything of my nitrate, ammonia, ect. and I've never used a testing kit before....
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:12 PM   #12
 
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Ahhh, okay! Well most people on here will say that the test kit is a MUST-HAVE for any aquarist! It's really important to be able to tell exactly what's going on in that water - especially while you're learning - and this will be a HUGE help to you in figuring out how much water to change out weekly - and help you determine if you're getting enough yuck out without using the vaccume on your gravel.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #13
 
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Ahhh, okay! Well most people on here will say that the test kit is a MUST-HAVE for any aquarist! It's really important to be able to tell exactly what's going on in that water - especially while you're learning - and this will be a HUGE help to you in figuring out how much water to change out weekly - and help you determine if you're getting enough yuck out without using the vaccume on your gravel.
I will most definitely invest in one! I just need to talk my mom into letting me do what I want with my fish.
She thinks she's a "fish expert" because she has been keeping fish for 13 years. But she currently has a 75 gallon with a tiger oscar, 2 common plecos, and no heater.... so I guess she's just full of it most of the time.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #14
 
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Haha! That will likely be a challenge! There's keeping fish, and keeping fish RIGHT. . .and sometimes mothers can be notoriously difficult to convince to take advice from their children - especially when they happen to be telling them that they're WRONG!!! When I started my tanks, my own mom gave me some of her old books - they were SO outdated. . . things change quickly in the underwater world, and new things are being learned every day!
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:22 PM   #15
 
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Yeah, I have noticed that!
I found books in my library about fish keeping, and they all seemed kinda off on some of the information.

I'm going to be doing a lot of babysitting, so I'm going to have to save up all of my money and go try and find some water testing kits.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:24 PM   #16
 
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Good luck! And until you get there, most fish shops will test your water for free - at least the ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels. Make sure they give you actual NUMBERS, though - don't leave with an 'it's fine' :)
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