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Old 03-01-2006, 03:54 PM   #1
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SeaChem Phosphate Test Kit

I know that I deserve a beating for this, but I have been using my test kit for several months now and today was the first time I tried running the reference test sample. It was supposed to show 1ppm, but came up ZERO. I shook the bottle, ran it several times over, and 0ppm was always the result. :censor:

Soooooo after several months of battling green water/hair algae, dosing and testing constantly to maintain a 10:1 ratio, purchasing a UV sterilizer, replanting twice in frustration, and nearly losing all hope....it is possible that my test kit is a dud?

I don't have access to another kit, so either my test is bad or the reference sample is bad and I have no way of figuring which? No LFS does water testing here in town either. Any advice?
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Make your own reference solution?

If you have some water soluble house plant fertilizer, make up a solution & see what you get with your kit. Your concentration doesn't have to be exact .... just a ball-park to see if you get more than 0.
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Take a gallon of water dose with your Phosphate to 1ppm and test. If you still get 0 for an answer, order a new test kit.
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Thanks. It worked, so my reference bottle must be where the problem is.

I kinda wish it was the test kits fault...
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my tank tears through phosphate. i basically just dose often and try to keep green spot algae at a minimum.
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