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bohmert 02-13-2013 09:33 PM

Api test kits
Have fresh and reef kits. Decided to use both kits to see if tested the same. To my surprise they did not.v it was the nitrate test.... any ideas?

Reefing Madness 02-13-2013 09:43 PM

You need 2 different cards, one for FW and the other is for SW.

bohmert 02-13-2013 09:54 PM

Had the two cards but one tube was yellowthe reef kit solution but the freshwater kit tube was orange!

Reefing Madness 02-13-2013 10:39 PM

Yellow on the SW Nitrate kit means you have 0 Trates. Thats why there are 2 different cards, they read different. Or maybe i'm not getting what your getting at. ??

bohmert 02-14-2013 07:42 AM

Have two kits freshwater and reef. Have the card out of each kit for nitrate. Each card has similar colors on their cards. But I use water out of my salt tank for each and tube from reef kit is good but tube from freshwater kit is orange and that is like 40 ppm

The reason I was worried lost two fish this week. Lil yellow blenny and lawnmower. When I got home last night firefish wasnt looking good did a water changeand he perked up. And that was the only test i guestioned

FYI The reef test kit only has two cards one for nitrate and one for phosphate

Reefing Madness 02-14-2013 09:21 AM

Ok, now I understand. Weird as it may be, I run 30 in my tank most all the time, and I even have Corals. 40 is not a high number for a fish. Now, I couldn't tell you why its running different, other than the kit may be old. Try testing both of them on some RO water, see what happens then, this would be kind of a sanity test.

bohmert 02-14-2013 04:04 PM

Mine has been at 0 all along but thevweird thing the reef kit is newest and the lfs test came out high i.might try to call api
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funkman262 02-14-2013 05:57 PM

You need to make sure you're shaking the second bottle like a maniac for a minute (or two if you haven't used it in a while), otherwise you'll get low and inconsistent readings. The nitrate test kit is exactly the same for both freshwater and saltwater so either your problem is what I stated above, or one of them is old and giving inaccurate readings. Just because you recently bought it doesn't mean it's a new kit. If it's been sitting on the shelf for a while before you bought it then it can already be bad. What you need to do is check the lot# to see when it was made.

bohmert 02-14-2013 08:01 PM

Ok. I did shake like crazy but since there is so much difference which is right. Hummmmm

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