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andulrich4all 01-12-2009 04:40 PM

Test Kit
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.

Lupin 01-12-2009 07:29 PM

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.

andulrich4all 01-12-2009 07:35 PM

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.

Lupin 01-12-2009 07:40 PM

Is this API? Some of their test kits can test both FW and SW.

andulrich4all 01-12-2009 07:42 PM

yes it is.

Lupin 01-12-2009 08:01 PM

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.:)

andulrich4all 01-12-2009 08:14 PM

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!

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