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Old 05-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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High nitrates,

His may sound like a silly question but it may be the solution to what's been causing my high nitrates.
I have just been to local fish store to buy some r/o do I could a partial water change in my tank.
I thought I would try testing before I did and before I had even finished dropping the 2nd bottle in it was turning red.
I waited 5 mins and nitrates are well over 100.
So my question is should r/o water be nitrate free ??
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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RO water should be nitrate free.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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I would take it back n have them test it too. They shouldnt be any in the water.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:34 PM   #4
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The api test kits also expire and can give false readings if used past their intended date.
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I was buying ro/di water from my LFS until I tested it too. it had phosphates and nitrates in it so I immediately stopped buying their water and I spent the $66 on my own unit. LOL

Ro/di should be pure water with nothing reading on any of your tests. No ammonia, trites or trates AT ALL!.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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My api test kit is only a month old. I went to another store and he was great tested his water in front of me and low and behold yellow and no red. I got some from them. When I got back I tested that water just to ensure my kit was ok and I was doing test correct.
And guess what yellow.. I won't go back to the original store Now.
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