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Old 03-09-2014, 06:36 AM   #81
 
Thanks both.

I haven't tested nitrate levels for a couple of days, was 0 on the last test and I assumed it would stay that way until nitrite levels change, is that right or shall I test all three when I run my tests later?
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:39 AM   #82
 
Yeah test nitrate I want to know where the ammonia went.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:24 AM   #83
 
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Always test all three in the beginning. There's frequently some overlap, and it's good to know what's going on. You can stop testing the ones that zero out.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:36 PM   #84
 
Nitrite test has a hint of purple tonight, looks inbetween 0 and 0.25. Nitrate has a very slight hint of orange I think but still pretty much 0. Ammonia looks like it's gone down slightly again. I do struggle with these colour charts to be honest, any tips when comparing the colours? Brighter light, less light etc?
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:41 PM   #85
 
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I use natural sunlight and hold the tubes against a sheet of white paper :)
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:38 PM   #86
 
Test all three because some could be wrong I suggest
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:30 AM   #87
 
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Sometimes I look into the test-tubes from the top/end with lighting from the side. Turn them and look on angles. Eventually you'll just know what color is right. And, to be honest, it's not that critical anyway.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:36 AM   #88
 
thank you
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:33 PM   #89
 
nitrite definitely purple tonight, 1ppm, nitrates 5ppm and ammonia down to 1 so topped back up to 3 :)
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:53 PM   #90
 
Almost there!!
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