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post #1 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone.
Just curious, can you use a freshwater test kit for a saltwater tank as well?
I bought a kit for my freshwater tank and would like to know if it is going to give me the correct results for my saltwater tank as well.
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30 Gallon Long Saltwater Tank
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 07:29 PM
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If your test kit package claims it can work for both FW and SW, then why not? Otherwise using the improper test kit may just give you inaccurate results.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well it says it is a FW kit. Im just not sure if it would be inaccurate or not? I did the tests, they seamed to look pretty accurate. It is a brand new tank and it is showing some small amounts of Ammonia and no Nitrites or Nitrates.

29 Gallon Freshwater Tank
Fully Planted
1 Rainbow Shark, 2 Assorted Platies, 1 Gold Lyretail Molly, 1 Black Molly, 1 Rosy Barb, 7 Neon Tetras, 6 Serpae Tetras, 3 Large Snails, Several ghost shrimp.

30 Gallon Long Saltwater Tank
Under Construction. Nova Extreme Pro T5 HO Lights, 6-39 Watt Bulbs,
G1X Protein Skimmer with 3500 Sedra Power head. 75 lbs. Live Rock, Sinularia, Zoanthids, Finger Leather, 45 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 07:40 PM
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Is this API? Some of their test kits can test both FW and SW.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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yes it is.

29 Gallon Freshwater Tank
Fully Planted
1 Rainbow Shark, 2 Assorted Platies, 1 Gold Lyretail Molly, 1 Black Molly, 1 Rosy Barb, 7 Neon Tetras, 6 Serpae Tetras, 3 Large Snails, Several ghost shrimp.

30 Gallon Long Saltwater Tank
Under Construction. Nova Extreme Pro T5 HO Lights, 6-39 Watt Bulbs,
G1X Protein Skimmer with 3500 Sedra Power head. 75 lbs. Live Rock, Sinularia, Zoanthids, Finger Leather, 45 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 08:01 PM
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Ahh...It is certainly likely that it can accommodate the SW which is why your results as you say are seemingly accurate assuming of course the whole setup is already saltwater.:)

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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yes. It is saltwater. Water has been in the tank about a week and I added a small piece of shrimp yesterday to start the cycle. I have live sand in there and should be getting live rock this week. I put the shrimp in there just to get the cycle started. Well thanks a lot for your knowledge on the test kit!

29 Gallon Freshwater Tank
Fully Planted
1 Rainbow Shark, 2 Assorted Platies, 1 Gold Lyretail Molly, 1 Black Molly, 1 Rosy Barb, 7 Neon Tetras, 6 Serpae Tetras, 3 Large Snails, Several ghost shrimp.

30 Gallon Long Saltwater Tank
Under Construction. Nova Extreme Pro T5 HO Lights, 6-39 Watt Bulbs,
G1X Protein Skimmer with 3500 Sedra Power head. 75 lbs. Live Rock, Sinularia, Zoanthids, Finger Leather, 45 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
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