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Old 06-07-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Slighty odd please help

Every single time I test my water I get the results .25 ammo 0 everything else but the tanks been fully cycled
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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How was the tank cycled?

Has your test kit expired?

Are you shaking the proverbial out of the nitrAte test droppers?
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Fish in cycle been running for months and I've just got a new filter with mature filter media
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:52 AM   #4
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Don't think it's expired and whats the shaking thing mean
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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You need to shake bottle #2 for 30 sec before adding the drops & then shake the vial HARD for 1 min, wait 5 min & read.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:08 AM   #6
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What's the shaking procedure for the others
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:19 AM   #7
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If in doubt, shake the crap out of all of them. S'cuse my language.

I've found that my ammonia results really depend on light and angle, sometimes dead yellow, others the faintest whiff of green ... Not even a .25. I'd cautiously say that as long as its only a tiny tinge, it might be residue left over from the last test or something. Remember to properly wash out your test tubes thoroughly not just a quick rinse. See if that helps...?
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:23 AM   #8
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How do u mean wash properly
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:40 AM   #9
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Warm soapy water. Not every time, just as frequently as you see fit.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #10
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Check under and around plants, decorations, and rocks for left over food and stuff. I was having the same problem. Despite frequent water changes my ammonia wouldn't stay below .25. I took everything out of my tank to clean and found tons of gunk stuck under rocks and shells and far corners of tank. After cleaning it all out and stopping over feeding, my ammonia has stayed at 0.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:10 PM   #11
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I have a shrimp clean up crew so I'm not sure if this is the problem maybe my testing method
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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A very slight ammo reading(just barely above 0 but not quite .25 is not that unusual. It means some ammonia is being produced that feeds the nitrogen cycle. If you have absolutely 0 ammo your BB would not live. Some times of the year your tap water may have trace amounts in it to start with also. OS.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #13
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Thanks OS I have messaged you about my other post called gourami would u take a look at a picture of it and see if you can sex it
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