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Old 02-23-2011, 11:49 PM   #11
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Hi.

I already ruled out the tang. Just a thought I had.

I'm using the test tubes with the drops. All four tubes of tester are producing a milky color but nothing that matches anything at all on the chart. I also had no intention of adding fish for quite some time. I was more interested in corals actually.

Tomorrow I will drive the hour plus to talk to some other fish stores as I only used petco as a place to test my water in a pinch.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:11 AM   #12
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That is quite odd. I haven't heard or witnessed any test kits doing that so either its faulty or your doing it wrong. I always like to take my water in once a month to the LFS just to make sure everything is adding up. Its always good to double check! If your water parameters are good in the next month you could add your first frag. Just stay diligent, and if you have any algae problems make sure to do a 20% water change. Goodluck!
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If the strips are showing ammonia and your new tests are still not showing ammonia i would guess you are doing something wrong when you test the water. I would take a water sample and your test kit to the LFS with you and have them show you how. That way you make sure you are not missing a step or something like that. The directions on those tests are not always great. I would take anything petco tells you with a grain of salt. They are notorious for not knowing much and providing bad advice.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:14 AM   #14
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From what I read you have the API test kit right? Are you sure it's for salt water? Perhaps your not mixing the chemicals enough when you get them in the water samples. It's strange to hear about the results your getting. Hopefully it all works out.
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since you got the live rock out of an established tank i would think you wouldn't have seen much of a cycle, however, that rock doesn't look like it's been in any tank very long, unless it was in the sump, void of light.
are you sure it's been in the other guys tank for a long time, or is that just what he told you? was he breaking the tank down of just re-aquascaping?

meanwhile, if you are seeing adverse effects, i would think you do have an issue with the test kit.
how about purchasing a more expensive, more accurate test? check out salifert test kits.
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Morning! I checked the ammonia levels with both strips and api test tube test. The strip showed it at max and the vial after adding the 8 drops showed a clear result. Least the milky color is gone.

I'm gonna go to a SW store later and try to do a test on my water in front of them and then have them do it and see what happens. lol

The tank the rock and sand came out of a break down of a 300 gallon tank. I saw the tank, and the rock was in big metal bins with skimmers inside. Live in Florida so he kept it outside on the screened in lanai.

I know I sound like an idiot if I cant check a water sample, I swear I'm doing it right. I used to have multiple tanks years ago and never had this issue.

Thanks everyone! I look forward to more questions and answers to my noob questions.
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I agree with mr.x about your live rock. It doesn't appear to have much Coraline algae growth on it at all. My tank has been up for 2 years and has tons. Unless the rock he gave you was his base rock. That could be more understandable. Good luck with the water testing!
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Have you checked the expiration date on the kit? If it says it's in date, and you're certain that you're doing it right and it is indeed a saltwater test kit, then I suggest returning it, if possible, and getting a new one.
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Just got back from my 3 hour journey to get answers. Wouldnt ya know the specialist SW shop was closed for the shuttle launch? LOL Not to have wasted a trip I stopped at a petsmart out there and for ha ha's picked up just an amonnia API test. I'd been using the "master" kit. Just tested my water and while its toxic I am now getting readings.

Guess the local petco had old stock on their master kits so at least now I can move ahead. Next stop water change.

Coralline is the purple stuff right? I do have some on my rocks, not alot tho. My photography leaves alot to be desired. I also got the last bits that the guy had, he had sold off the bulk already so I got what no one I guess wanted. :-(

Continued Thanks for everyones help. Be Back after I do my PWC
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Just got back from my 3 hour journey to get answers. Wouldnt ya know the specialist SW shop was closed for the shuttle launch? LOL
Lolzies, I live on the space coast and I didn't even know there was a launch. Guess that happens when ya don't watch tv and don't get the paper!
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