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  1. finnfinnfriend
    09-04-2013 07:41 AM - permalink
    So just hold the test tube up un a well lit area and look through the tube rather than puttig the tube against a white surface?

    I will try putting a piece of gravel in there, thanks.
  2. Hallyx
    09-04-2013 07:20 AM - permalink
    The color density (saturation) is not going to match the card when held next to it. Try holding it and viewing it at different angles to minimize this difference (that's what I do). The tone, shade, value is what you want to match to get a reading. But for nitrate it's not that important--the difference between 5ppm and 10ppm is of no practical consequence. The difference from week to week can tell you something about how much ammonia is being processed.

    You can wiggle the dropper part out of the bottle, carefully, with pliers. Put a BB-sized bead or bit of gravel in there and close it up.
  3. finnfinnfriend
    09-03-2013 05:17 PM - permalink
    Okay, so for the liquid test....Is the actual color of the liquid the result, or the color I see when I hold the test tube right up against the card (touching). Because there is a dramatic difference...The color of the liquid says five....Up against the paper it says ten. Ugh.
  4. finnfinnfriend
    09-03-2013 11:50 AM - permalink
    What a prestigious title :)

    How do I get a bead in there and what kind of bead do I use?
  5. Hallyx
    09-03-2013 08:43 AM - permalink
    He looks like he's manufactured out of copper foil and metal beads, so I call him the "Remarkable mechanical Plakat." Or just "the Plakat."

    I feed all my fish the same.

    Very astute observation about the chloramine. Put a bead in your #2 nitrate bottle to help you mix it better. I bet you'll get a lower reading.
  6. finnfinnfriend
    09-02-2013 08:15 AM - permalink
    Are the omega ones what you feed the smaragdina?

    Do you have a name for that copper HMPK?

    ETA: Ah! I know why you have lower nitrates than I do...You have no chloramines and therefore no ammonia in your source water!
    Ah well...10-20ppm nitrate by the end of the week is fine with me and probably fine with my fish, however, 5 would bring much more piece of mind /:
  7. Hallyx
    09-02-2013 07:56 AM - permalink
    Byron says, "A hungry fish is a healthy fish."

    That "look" is emblematic of his personality.
  8. finnfinnfriend
    09-02-2013 07:40 AM - permalink
    Copper is a very interesting color on a fish. I really like the way he is looking at the camera in the picture ^_^
  9. finnfinnfriend
    09-02-2013 07:38 AM - permalink
    So basically I am not over feeding....Maybe under feeding? I fast on water change day as well - easier to remember that way...
  10. Hallyx
    09-02-2013 07:12 AM - permalink
    Thanks for admiring my fish, fff. Not many members liked him in the photo contests.

    Actually, he's a "Copper," three translucent layers of color. Depending on the light intensity and angle, he can look copper-tarnish green, dull blue or (mostly) copper-penny brown. But he's so shiny I can't get a good picture of this color mode. He's a 4-ray HMPK and proud of it.

    The light blue HM in my album was my dragon-scale---a devil-dragon because of his red fins. Some people consider dragons as only white. Some include light blue as dragons.

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