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post #1 of 10 Old 02-25-2011, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
So I was stupid

Or careless take your pick. I dropped one of the test tubes for the API water testing kits and it shattered. If I use one and then rinse it thoroughly is it ok to use it for 2 different tests? Like pH and ammonia or nitrite and nitrate?
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-25-2011, 11:50 PM
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I did exactly the same thing. I had no issues using the same test-tube for different tests, I just rinsed it thoroughly each time.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 12:53 AM
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I think clumsy is a more accurate word.

I use the same tubes for different tests all the time. Rinse thoroughly in between uses though.
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 02:04 AM
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I break them so often I had to order a box of just the tubes.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 04:08 AM
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We have a winner!!! :D
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 07:36 AM
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Been there, done that :(

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 10:02 AM
I'm pretty sure everyone has done that, myself included.


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post #8 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 10:44 AM
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Don't worry, when you buy your next kit you'll have 7 and no place to store the extra 3. lmao
yes rinse and re-use.

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
haha I figured I wasn't the only one but atleast I know for sure now. I'm glad to know now that I won't be getting any false readings. thanks.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-26-2011, 04:07 PM
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The API kit I first had in the 1990's had six tests and 4 tubes that were intended for multiple tests. Just rinse it thoroughly immediately after each test.

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