I am also having a problem with nitrates so I checked my kit after reading your post. It says the ppm
andmg/l are equel up to 160 ppm
. The difference of the 4.4 times is between nitrate ion(total nitrate) and nitrate-nitrogen. The nitrate-nitrogen will be 4.4 times less than the total nitrate.
So after all this info from my test kit what does this mean? Should we be looking at total nitrate or just the nitrate nitrogen?
My test reads in total nitrate and I get readings of 40 ppm
(just got a fuge to help). If I only need to be concerned with nitrate-nitrogen I am under 10 which is not as big of a concern.
I am confused. Sorry for the long post and not trying to hijack the thread just trying to figure it out for all of us that are confused.
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