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Old 01-12-2005, 11:07 PM   #11
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Nitrate tests are much more complicated than other tests and nitrate levels aren't something you usually have to have a precise measure of so I think that is why it's not included in many "master" test kits.
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Nitrate tests are much more complicated than other tests and nitrate levels aren't something you usually have to have a precise measure of so I think that is why it's not included in many "master" test kits.
Maybe true but unless you're cycling your tank you would be using your nitrate kit a lot more then your ammonia and nitrite. It is sort-of strange.
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Got home last night and checked....I have the master without the nitrate test....I am assuming that the nitrate test in the SW kit won't fly for the FW huh?
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Got home last night and checked....I have the master without the nitrate test....I am assuming that the nitrate test in the SW kit won't fly for the FW huh?
That is correct! The color indicator chart is different for FW and SW. I emailed one manufacturer, they said the SW kit result would have to be halved. EDIT: or is that doubled? I can't remember! I bought a FW kit to remove the guessing.
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Nitrate tests are much more complicated than other tests
I think that is because it is a two stage test. The first stage is actually chemically converting nitrate to nitrite, and it is the nitrite that reacts with the indicators to turn colors? I have been on a quest to get good info on the chemistry of test kits, if you know of any sources, please let me know too.
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