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Old 11-15-2017, 06:53 PM   #1
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Confused about test results (help)

I recently had my first bacterial bloom in my saltwater tank I thought the cycle would be almost over so I bought some tests and this is what came out, how much longer do you think Click image for larger version

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Though test strips are inaccurate, it appears your cycle is still ongoing. Youíll need your nitrites will need to be 0 as well.
Keep in mind, a cycle can take 6-8 weeks.
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Though test strips are inaccurate, it appears your cycle is still ongoing. Youíll need your nitrites will need to be 0 as well.
Keep in mind, a cycle can take 6-8 weeks.


Yea itís been 8 weeks, and how inaccurate, kinda just blight them so see when the cycle is done
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what did you use for a ammonia source to start the cycle
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what did you use for a ammonia source to start the cycle


Sorry I meant 6 weeks and I used flake food
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thats why its taking so long drop a deli shrimp in to help speed up the process
use a ladys stocking to hold the shrimp to keep the mess contained
I wouldn't trust those test strips they can be inaccurate , get yourself a decent liquid test kit , like a red sea or sulfert , avoid api reef test kit half the readings will be false
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I agree, decent test kits can be pricey but are absolutely essential. The api test kits I started with are nowhere near sensitive enough for the needs of a salt water tank.

Red sea is fantastic and Hannah checkers are even better. The cost of the original test kits are high, but refill reagents are available at very reasonable prices.
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I agree, decent test kits can be pricey but are absolutely essential. The api test kits I started with are nowhere near sensitive enough for the needs of a salt water tank.

Red sea is fantastic and Hannah checkers are even better. The cost of the original test kits are high, but refill reagents are available at very reasonable prices.


For cycling, api is great for the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. No need to go further than that with costly Reef tests when cycling.
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For cycling, api is great for the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. No need to go further than that with costly Reef tests when cycling.


Okay thanks however I found an amazing deal on kijiji itís a liquid test kit with 18 different tests for 10$ so I think Iíll pick it up, thanks for your help
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What brand is it?
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