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Old 04-15-2017, 02:10 PM   #21
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No they just said it was good to go. I'll probably take a sample back today and have them tell me the specifics
Don't waste your time, they can't tell you a thing. Those strips are useless. Put your finger in the sample and try to read the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate with your finger tip, it will be just as accurate.

I would return them, your tank is not cycled. What did you use to cycle it? Pure surfactant free ammonia? If not, in 4 weeks it's not cycled.

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Old 04-15-2017, 03:17 PM   #22
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Don't waste your time, they can't tell you a thing. Those strips are useless. Put your finger in the sample and try to read the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate with your finger tip, it will be just as accurate.

I would return them, your tank is not cycled. What did you use to cycle it? Pure surfactant free ammonia? If not, in 4 weeks it's not cycled.

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They use a liquid test kit. Not strips.
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I've been taking it to my LFS. They use an actual kit but just test strips.
Oh this threw me off, guess you meant not instead of but.

There's also a lot of room for error by the person testing, I do not trust fish stores to be very competent at this.

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Oh this threw me off, guess you meant not instead of but.

There's also a lot of room for error by the person testing, I do not trust fish stores to be very competent at this.

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Yeah that was a typo. And I believe it. I've got my own kit ordered but I think I will take them back anyways. I'd hate to have them die on me. Maybe In the future I'll try them again.
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Old 04-15-2017, 03:53 PM   #25
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I would follow whatever advice coralbandit gives, the forum's ram expert.

You will learn a lot your first year, then when you have experience you can get rams. I had aquarium's (before the internet) then got back into the hobby a year/year & 1/2 ago starting with easy/hardy fish, you will appreciate having easier to care for fish.
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Sounds good, I welcome the advice.
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Thank you for being receptive. We really do want what's best for you and your fish.
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Thank you for being receptive. We really do want what's best for you and your fish.
I had to call and debate with the store for them to let me return them. Shocked me that they said they don't usually accept returns.
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Yeah, that seems like terrible policy.
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Yeah, that seems like terrible policy.
Completely agree with this
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GBRs are probably best off being introduced to biologically mature tanks. They are also very nitrate sensitive, and demanding of impeccable water quality. I kept a couple for a little more than a year, before they died. Making harder water soft is quite a bit of work. My NYC tap water is no good for keeping GBRs. The Bolivian Rams do far better and are way more forgiving.
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