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Old 04-17-2014, 11:44 PM   #121
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Tank is not cycled if there is ammonia still present!
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:13 AM   #122
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Tank is not cycled if there is ammonia still present!

All three of my other tanks also show .25ppm on ammonia also. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with my testers? They don't expire until 2017 but something just doesn't seem right. I'm not exactly sure what to do at this point.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #123
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Take a sample to your lfs
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:37 AM   #124
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Take a sample to your lfs

My lfs also uses API testers like I have. I'm going to have to break down and spend big money on testers.
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:16 PM   #125
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I wouldn't spend big money on a ammonia tester as you won't likely use it after your tank is cycled!
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:47 AM   #126
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I wouldn't spend big money on a ammonia tester as you won't likely use it after your tank is cycled!

+1. It's the truth. Actually I don't even test much of anything. My tank will tell me if something is wrong.. Once you are familiar enough with your tank they aren't that important.

Just bring a sample to your LFS, even if it's API. Yours might just be out-of-whack.
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Ok so I have a serious nitrate problem in my big tank. 100ppm. Yea I'd say my testers are off!!

So my 20gal is showing 0-5ppm on nitrates. They said I could add a fish now if I wanted. It's only been two weeks since I started this tank. Does that advice seem right? My lfs that tested this for me is Pacific East Aquaculture.
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What did you cycle the tank with again? I don't feel like reading back. How high did the ammonia go?
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What did you cycle the tank with again? I don't feel like reading back. How high did the ammonia go?

A large shrimp. My ammonia testers are bad and I'd hate to spend a lot of money in a tester that I would only use a couple times. It's always read about .25ppm. I didn't test it until the shrimp was in there a week.
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New 20 gal reef

I have 25 pounds of rock. At least 50% of It was live rock mostly from my other tank and a 5lb piece that was bought at TFP.
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