Id have to wait to get home to check the what "kind" of test kit. It was package test kit for Amonia, PH, Nitrate, and Nitrite. They are tests that consist of adding various drops of "test solution" into a water sample test tube if this is what you mean as "liquid reagent".
I purchased 24 gallons of distilled water from Walmart last night so I can do a water change as the ro
unit wont be here until next week. No more tap water and water conditioners for me
Ill be patient with the shrimp to take a few days to show an effect, however I only added them as extra measure, I really expected all the pre-used live rock and sand to show some kind of signal sooner, and there was that dead snail that was decent size and has been "rotting" for 5 days. Water has now been in the tank for 9 days.
Thanks again, all the reading and research doesnt compare to advice from people who have done it. One day Ill be the one offering advice here
I hope other newbs like me find useful info on this thread, it seems non-traditional problems are attracted to me