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Old 05-04-2014, 03:14 PM   #11
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OK....did what you suggested trennamw, tested with .5ml tank water and 4.5ml tap and got a reading of 5ppm. Multiplied by 10 = 50 so not nearly as bad as I thought....guess I'm just color blind. Willl do another pwc tomorrow and should be good to go. FINALLY
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OK....did what you suggested trennamw, tested with .5ml tank water and 4.5ml tap and got a reading of 5ppm. Multiplied by 10 = 50 so not nearly as bad as I thought....guess I'm just color blind. Willl do another pwc tomorrow and should be good to go. FINALLY

Yeah the high end of those tests are terribly hard to read. The bottom can be too once you start second guessing where to hold the tube. Now that I'm testing less often I'm using strips as a gross measurement and then backup with the test tube tests if I need an exact value.
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More problems.....did the water chage this evening and now my ammonia is up to almost 2ppm and nitrite is at least 2 or higher. Didn't do anything different...will test in the morning again. At my wits end. ...
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Did you add ammonia?

What's the timing of everything you did?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:31 AM   #15
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If I'm not bald by the time this is over it will be a miracle.....

Woke up, tested this morning (14 hours since I last tested):

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: <50

lesson learned: Don't test your parameters within an hour of a water change or you will get a false result that will send you into another dimension.....
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