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Old 12-25-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Api test kit help!

I'm sooooo excited!! I have got my API liquid kit and have 4 tanks to test when I get home.

Any advice, help or suggestions??!
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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Follow the instructions exactly. Let the tests develop for 5 mins no more, no less. And shake the snot out of the nitrate #2 test bottle and the test tube or you could get a false reading.
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Thank you..
I haven't read into it yet, but upon first looks I see there are several bottles for ammonia, Etc...

What's the reason? See... I can't even wait until I get home to research the booklet and have to know NOW!! LOL
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Follow the instructions exactly. Let the tests develop for 5 mins no more, no less. And shake the snot out of the nitrate #2 test bottle and the test tube or you could get a false reading.
How long to shake? I seem to remember on another thread 1 min each???
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:45 PM   #6
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Thank you..
I haven't read into it yet, but upon first looks I see there are several bottles for ammonia, Etc...

What's the reason? See... I can't even wait until I get home to research the booklet and have to know NOW!! LOL
Yes two for ammonia, one for nitrite, two for nitrate, a low range pH and a high range pH. The ammonia and nitrate need two separate solutions combined to make the test work. I shake all the bottles just to make sure nothing has settled between uses. The nitrate #2 bottle has a powder that settles in the bottom so a lot of shaking and bashing is needed to make sure it has mixed thoroughly enough in the solution before the test.
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I wish I had just got the kit long ago, I made the mistake of buying a couple individually because my store was out of the kit. Collecting them individually is so expensive! Will get the kit to replace everything when I start running out. Just read everything carefully before you start the testing. A minute is about right for shaking the tubes, and be sure you have the tube sealed well before you shake. Also be sure your hands don't touch the water in the tube because your skin's oils can alter the results.
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Awesome.... Soooooo excited! Tell me I'm crazy..
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Not at all!
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Uhoh...

29g--

Ph- 8.2
Am- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 160 ppm deep red
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