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Old 10-17-2014, 03:20 PM   #11
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Are you shaking bottle #2 for 30 seconds then the tube for 1 minute when u do trates?

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Old 10-17-2014, 10:14 PM   #12
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Yep...I am now.The test that has me puzzled is the trite test.Until today the test yielded 0 ppm.

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My bad..thought it was the other giving you fits
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:33 AM   #14
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My bad..thought it was the other giving you fits
That's okay because until 2 day ago I was doing the trate test wrong.I was shaking bottle 2 for 30 seconds but I was only shaking it for 5 secs not 1 minute.Funny thing about that though.I have been hitting Youtube like crazy and I was watching a video about testing trates with API test kit and they were shaking the test tube for a minute and I was like not only are they holding their finger over the lid like it said not to but they are shaking it for to long.Sure enough, they may have been putting their finger over the top of the test tube but you are supposed to shake it for a minute and then wait five minutes before checking results.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:03 PM   #15
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Well today I tested my water and this was my result:
NH3/NH4- between .25 and .5 ppm
NO 2- 0
NO 3-between 40 - 80 pmm

I added 116 drops of Dr. Timm's and waited about 20 min and the NH3/NH4 between 2 - 4 ppm
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Def looks like you are cycling away. It could be 2 ppm for ammonia, but the only thing you want to be sure about is it hitting 0 in 24 hours when you dose ammonia.


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Def looks like you are cycling away. It could be 2 ppm for ammonia, but the only thing you want to be sure about is it hitting 0 in 24 hours when you dose ammonia.


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Better tests will give better results. But for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate API do the job. It doesn't have to be that specific. Just follow the instructions and you'll be fine.


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NH3/NH4- between 0 and .25
NO 2- 0- .25 ppm
NO 3-80 pmm
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NH3/NH4- between .5 and 1 ppm
NO 2- .25 ppm
NO 3-above 80 ppm Its it harmful if you trates get to high during the cycle?
I ended up adding more drops to get the ammonia to read at least 2 ppm
Trite is starting to show now. Is that unusual?
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