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Old 02-23-2011, 09:58 AM   #11

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Originally Posted by rjcatlin View Post
I retested and I shook the vial pretty well. I still got a nirate reading 0 ppm. I've done a little bit of reading about it, and I have yet to read that a nitrate reading of 0 ppm is bad. For the most part I have just seen that the test should read under 40 ppm.
Is this a planted tank? Otherwise I don't see how it's possible to have 0 nitrates in a cycled aquarium. I would try another test kit or have a local fish store test is for you. Also how old are the test kits because they do have a expiration date?

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Old 02-27-2011, 10:45 AM   #12
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Upon further review, I was not doing the test correctly. I was supposed to shake bottle #2 of the test solution for 30 seconds and the vial for 1 minute. I will be doing a partial water change and filter rinse today. Thank you all for your help.

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