- - Water Testing Foolishness
|Myrtaceae ||01-09-2012 09:30 PM |
Water Testing Foolishness
I've had a 10gal invert tank set-up for about 5 weeks now, and cycling seemed to be going pretty well at first, but...I just could not get my ammonia down to zero. I have shrimp in that tank so it's particularly important that the water params be perfect. I've been doing water changes basically every day.
As most of you are familiar with: no ammonia is a bright yellow test tube, and ammonia appears as varying shades of green. So, yeah. The room the invert tank is in has bright green walls
. Turns out the light reflecting off bright green walls can make a bright yellow test tube look greenish. I am such a dork. I didn't realize until I did a test of my tap water and brought the invert tank test tube into the kitchen to compare.
I have no idea how many extra water changes I've done over the past few weeks. :roll:
Anyway, now that I've aired my shame publicly: Hi, I'm Jo. I've mostly posted on the betta forums, but I've kept a couple of types of tropical fish in the past and was recently bitten by the bug again. TL;DR:
On the bright side your inverts probably loved all the fresh water!
|Myrtaceae ||01-10-2012 12:47 AM |
Haha, you know, I didn't think of it that way. If I have to make a weird fish keeping mistake, I'd much rather make one that that actually benefits them!
|Byron ||01-10-2012 06:09 PM |
This is a good lesson for all of us. To avoid this problem, I always view tests in front of a window or open door, but never in direct sunlight. But use daylight, not artificial light which can cast colour hues of its own.
|lorax84 ||01-10-2012 06:20 PM |
I've almost freaked out a few times for exactly this reason. Now I make sure I am holding the tube full of water and the color chart under the same light source.
|Kitty Whiskers ||01-10-2012 06:28 PM |
Wow I gotta remember that LOL. At least you figured it out thank goodness ;)
|Myrtaceae ||01-11-2012 06:39 AM |
Let the record show that I now conduct all water testing in my kitchen. :lol: I have to say, this is definitely the easiest solution to an ammonia problem that I've come across so far.
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