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Old 04-25-2006, 09:19 PM   #41
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Ok! Thanx! Is there any website provide information on how to read a test kit and what is the solution if ever that I have a high result for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and Ph

I see one of my problem right now is temperature because of the summer, temp. Reading that I get is 30c to 34c what will I do.
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Old 04-26-2006, 09:36 AM   #42
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The test kit should come with a package insert that tells you how to read it.

The best solution for high results on ammonia, nitrtite, nitrate and phosphate is water changes with good water. pH should likewise balance out with water changes and good water. If you want more detailed info, you can use the search link on this forum for other ideas.

Heat: If you can find light diffuser grid aka "egg crate" in the lighting section of your local hardware store, trim some of that to fit the top of your tank (in place of your hood), and rest your lights on that. Then put a fan blowing down onto the water. This will help lower the temp a few degrees. If you had a big tank and a big budget, you could consider getting a chiller.
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what is the use of baking soda for saltwater
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You can raise your alkilinity and pH with baking soda, but it's really not a good idea. Your saltwater mix should have the correct alkilinity and pH, and water changes will bring the tank back into balance.
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31C-35C is 88F-95F for a tank temp?? Is that the temp of your house as well? Even fans or a chiller are not going to get the temp down if your house runs that hot. Most either can do is about 5-10 degree difference but the room has to be cooler as well.

I’d seriously invest in a window AC unit for the room your tank is in along with adding two fans.

Also tank temp shouldn’t fluctuate, keeping your tank anywhere from 76F-82F (24C-28C) degrees is ok but make sure the temp stays constant. You do not want temp swings greater then 2 degrees during the day/night cycles. If increasing/decreasing temps do it slowly 1-2 degrees per day.
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yes that’s my tank temp and our house temp
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Just curious where do you live that it’s 35C in the house? Can you get a window AC unit? They usually run around $150-$200 but would be cheaper then a chiller.
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not knowing how efficient the chillers are, I'm just curious, but would it be cheaper in the long run to buy a chiller since window a/c units aren't known for their efficiency?
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