Originally Posted by 54seaweed
if your using the api kit cut back amount of drops to 5+5 it will give you a more accurate reading with nitrate I did that before I got my new sulfert kit
my toadstool sheds as it grows bigger so I would think thats what yours is doing since there both leathers
I had been reading about the accuracy of the API nitrate test kit, since it seems my nitrates are higher than I believe they really should be with my stock, equipment, feeding schedule, etc. I read quite a few complaints about them flat out being way off, reading high, something about dividing the results, etc. I just couldn't find any real answers, with proof, so I decided I might as well get the better test. I look forward to seeing what the results from that test are.
Anyway, I was pretty sure that leathers would shed before growing as I had read that I just don't know much about that process. Like how often is common, how long the process could take, and what the leather actually looks like when its sheds. I know I read somewhere that it having a 'shine' to it was some sort of indication it was shedding. Like I said, I just wasn't sure and wanted an opinion just in case I was way off and it is unhappy/sick.