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Old 10-05-2011, 01:26 PM   #11
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Arrgg. I will do all the reading. I have been researching. Figured the stuff they gave me is what cycled the tank. I will get the water testing kit as advised. Lay off the shark though. I know he will need a larger tank, Next summer I move the turtle from the 55 gallon to a 90. Then everyone in the 30 to the 55.

What would I be looking for with the water test that the LFS didnt show me? He showed me the test info and it was all in the safe range? My son did want to use the turtle cave from when the turtle was using it. That did have some algae on it. Would that have helped it along.

Fish are doing fine.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:28 PM   #12
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If the lfs readings were in the "safe" range, that tells me they were using strips? Strip tests are inaccurate, and that's being kind.

You'd be really surprised to see how many lfs staff have absolutely no clue about how to start and maintain a healthy tank. It boggles the mind.

What "stuff" did he give you to cycle the tank?
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and he did use strips.
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Well, I guess it's a darn good thing you found us, isn't it because, I'm sorry, but you have to fire your lfs.....
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LOL
Guess I will get to reading tonight.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:11 PM   #16
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Hello Red Sea.

I have ordered my water test kit. API Master Freshwater one. Going to start testing once it arrives. Went to the LFS last night with my son and wanted to get our water tested. The manager of all people dips a strip in it for like 2 seconds and says "looks good to me you can get more fish". I asked well what did the numbers look like I woulld like to know? His response was "zero".

So kit is on the way and I will be get to work. It is a high dollar fish store that this happened in also. So I am still reading and getting more prepared. Good thing is I have good equipment and we are not giving up. Any advice anyone wants to give will be appreciated.
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Hello Red Sea.

I have ordered my water test kit. API Master Freshwater one. Going to start testing once it arrives. Went to the LFS last night with my son and wanted to get our water tested. The manager of all people dips a strip in it for like 2 seconds and says "looks good to me you can get more fish". I asked well what did the numbers look like I woulld like to know? His response was "zero".

So kit is on the way and I will be get to work. It is a high dollar fish store that this happened in also. So I am still reading and getting more prepared. Good thing is I have good equipment and we are not giving up. Any advice anyone wants to give will be appreciated.
Hmm, that is not exactly the way those work, LOL. First some of the tests, you normally have to wait about 30 seconds (at least the ones I have done). Everything shouldn't be zero, like your pH. But maybe all of your nitrates and nitrites were zero, hmmm, I guess we will see when you get your kit in!
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