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post #1 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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API Freshwater Master Test Kit and other items.

Well I have the 10g set up and it awaits it's green sunfish resident. In my quest to dig up my old light fixture for the 10g, I came across a ton of my old fish keeping stuff (that I thought I had thrown away) Many of these things were purchased about 2 years ago. Is any of it still usable?

Betta Plus Bowl Conditioner (no expiration date found. Only a little bit left. Won't be sad if its no good.)

Top Fin Bacteria Supplement ( I did find some printed numbers on it 060906. Not sure if that is the expiration date or not.)

Top Fin Tropical Color Enhancing Flakes (No expiration date found)

Plant Gro Iron Enriched Aquatic Plant Fertilizer (Nutrafin. Again, no expiration date found)

Top Fin pH Increase (No Expiration date found)

API Stress Coat (Expiration date 04/2011. So still good?)

API Safe & Easy Aquarium Cleaner (No expiration date found. Only a little left. Won't be sad if it is no good.)

API Master Test Kit for Fresh Water (no expiration date found)

So is any of this usable? I'm guessing the Stress Coat is still good since the expiration date is still good. I'm seeing what kind of results the test kit gives me to see if it works. I've never had a test kit this long so I dunno if it has an expiration date or not.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:14 PM
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I will comment on the ones I think I can help with

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Top Fin Bacteria Supplement ( I did find some printed numbers on it 060906. Not sure if that is the expiration date or not.)
According to the ingredients it says it has bacteria in it, so I would assume they are dead by now.


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Top Fin Tropical Color Enhancing Flakes (No expiration date found)
If kept dry I would assume dry food will stay good


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Plant Gro Iron Enriched Aquatic Plant Fertilizer (Nutrafin. Again, no expiration date found)
Ingredients don't show anything to me that would expire, as long as its well sealed


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Top Fin pH Increase (No Expiration date found)
I don't think this would expire if kept well sealed


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API Safe & Easy Aquarium Cleaner (No expiration date found. Only a little left. Won't be sad if it is no good.)
I dont think this would be bad


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API Master Test Kit for Fresh Water (no expiration date found)
Each of the bottles in the test kit should have a manufacture date printed near the top of the bottle, I believe this expires like 3 years after its produced, but you can compare the tests and see if it still gives accurate results.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:17 PM
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"The last 4 digits in the code on the bottle label are the date of manufacture. For example, my current ammonia test reagent two has the code "84B0107". The first part I believe identifies the particular reagent, the last part tells me that it was made in January 2007.

All of the API test kits last for at least 3 years, some last longer. There are more details in this thread I found some time ago on another forum, which is well worth noting down if you use API kits."

source: http://www.petfish.net/forum/index.p...;topic=73099.0

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30 gallon tall (currently in progress) 4 black skirt tetras.
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Jack (the bunny). Sakura, Mouse, Wookie (the guinea pigs).

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post #4 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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My ammonia test bottle one has a manufacture code of 83A0707 so it was manufactured 3 years ago. I did all of the tests except for high pH and these were the results of a tank just set up yesterday with 1 fish in it.

Ammonia : 1.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH : 7.2

Thanks everyone. Everything was kept sealed but all bottles have been opened before so not sure if it counts if it didn't have the original seal that is on it when you first get it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:26 PM
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Yea by well sealed I mean the lid is on tight so humidity and other things don't seep in.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. thank you. :) I'm hoping to really get into keeping fish again like I used to. It was a lot of fun so being able to use these things without having to go out and buy new stuff will save me a bit of money.
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:45 PM
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I believe sealed fish food looses its nutritional value after a year, and unsealed is about three months, so i'd buy new food.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-15-2010, 06:56 PM
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Yea after googling it, it seems the general opinion is opened food goes bad 6 months to a year after opened (main reasons given loss in nutritional value after exposed to air and possible mold) and they recommend freezing sealed food being stored.

I have a big container I'm going to throw in the freezer right now.....
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