03-21-2008, 02:28 PM
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Went to the LFS and asked for the API Saltwater Test Kit and he said they didn't carry it. So I went to Petsmart and bought one for $27 and came home and did four tests. pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrates. Here are the results for a before-water-change test.
pH - 8.1 (I have buffer to get it up if needed)
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - .25
Nitrates - 20
So yea, guy at the LFS is a tard. So with no ammonia, little nitrites, and nitrates going up, I take it that the tank is still in its cycle but nearing the end of it? The algae bloom could have signaled the beginning of the nitrates going up. I will do another test after the water change tonight and post the results after the test.
So any comments, suggestions, concerns, advice?