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new2fish 01-23-2008 07:02 PM

Amonia, Nitrite, KH, and pH???
 
O.kay, I just got back from getting myself a good test kit. I tested my water for pH, KH, Nitrite, and Amonia. But I don't know if the results I got are good or bad.
My pH is 7.2
My KH is 40-50mg/L
My Ammonia is 0.0
My Nitrite is also 0.0
That of coarse is assuming that I'm reading the reasults right. The mixture didn't change colour at all for either the Ammonia or the Nitrite, it stayed clear.
I don't want to change my KH anymore than I have because when I started it was at 20mg/L.

I know this isn't under the right topic heading, but I couldn't load the Starting and Maintaining Fresh Water Aquariums screen. Sorry.

herefishy 01-23-2008 11:27 PM

I hope that you waited the proper time after adding the reagent to get your readings. This situation has me baffled. I've been in the hobby a long time and can't recall anything like this happening to me.

new2fish 01-24-2008 08:36 AM

Wait how long?
 
The guy at the pet store suggested I do another test 24hrs after I did the first one to see how the tank is progressing.
I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for.
What numbers are good?
How long should I wait?

Falina 01-24-2008 11:46 AM

What test kit are you using? For amonia, nitrite and nitrate mine is clear unless i have a reading but this is unusual as other kits I've had, or ones I hear mentioned on here are yellow even with 0 amonia. It may just be that your kit is the same as mine and doesn't turn a colour with no reading. What colour does it say it should be if there is no reading?

new2fish 01-25-2008 12:09 AM

Mini Master Test Kit
 
It's called the Mini Master Test Kit, by Nutrafin. It tells me that it should be very light pink for a reading of 0.1mg/L. When I checked it this morning it looked a little pink but, not as pink as the lowest reading on the chart.
I got a little bit of help this morning with reading the results charts for all the tests. I think I'm sitting pretty for now.
I know I have to keep a good eye on it for the next few days because the tank needs to cycle. How much of the water should I change and, how often?
Rather, what should I watch for to know what to do with changing the water?
Thanks for your time.
Steph


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