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Old 08-11-2012, 07:26 PM   #31
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:34 PM   #32
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That is your biggest issue right there. API tests for total nitrate, you want to test for nitrate-nitrogen. To convert total nitrate to nitrate-nitrogen you need to divide the API results by 4.4.

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This test kit reads total nitrate (NO3-) level in parts per million (ppm) which are equivalent to milligrams per liter (mg/L) from 0 ppm to 160 ppm, in either fresh or saltwater aquariums. This kit includes two Nitrate Test Color Charts — one for freshwater aquariums, and one for saltwater aquariums — so be sure to use the correct chart for your type of aquarium when interpreting test results. The Freshwater Nitrate Test Color Chart is the appropriate chart to use for testing freshwater aquariums to which salt has been added. This test kit measures nitrate as nitrate ion or “total nitrate.” Other nitrate test kits that measure “nitrate-nitrogen” (NO3-N) will give readings 4.4 times LESS than this test kit.
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You've got to be kidding me. I'm actually going to scream into a pillow now my nitrate levels have been normal the entire time! You must be kidding. I... I just... AUGH!

Thanks, though, for the info. You really saved my stock from dying of annoyance from all the water changes lol.
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You've got to be kidding me. I'm actually going to scream into a pillow now my nitrate levels have been normal the entire time! You must be kidding. I... I just... AUGH!

Thanks, though, for the info. You really saved my stock from dying of annoyance from all the water changes lol.
I would get a Salifert Nitrate Kit and get a better reading of your nitrates. One reason I dont use API, they drive me nuts and this is just one reason why.
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I am definitely switching to Salifert after this. I actually hate API for wasting all my time, money, and patience. Does Salifert work for freshwater too? I'd like to completely rid my house of cursed API
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