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It said to shake for 60 seconds in the manual, which I did. Followed all the instructions exactly as written.
The filter has wool, ceramic noodles and activated carbon, which hasn't been changed recently so is probably just carbon.

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It says shake it for 1 minute but even API admitted that it is best to shake it for 2 minutes.

Change the Carbon if it hasnt been changed for a while. Carbon only has a finite life and will clog and produce toxins if not cleaned / replaced regularly. The wool can also be a toxin factory if not changed often as well.

It is quite important to do weekly water changes with goldfish.

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How well circulated is the tank? It's happened before that someone had low nitrate when taking water from the surface, but incredibly high levels when water was taken from the middle/bottom.
Worth a shot if you haven't done a lot of water changing yet, even so it might answer the question.
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my instructions say shake bottle #2 for 30 seconds then after its added to the bottle shake THAT for 60 seconds. wonder why that's different.


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It would really benefit to shake the #2 bottle for 2 minutes before adding it to the test tube and then shaking that for 1 minute.

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that's good to know! thanks :)

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It says shake it for 1 minute but even API admitted that it is best to shake it for 2 minutes.

Change the Carbon if it hasnt been changed for a while. Carbon only has a finite life and will clog and produce toxins if not cleaned / replaced regularly. The wool can also be a toxin factory if not changed often as well.

It is quite important to do weekly water changes with goldfish.
Not my tank. I wouldn't be keeping a full-grown comet (or any comet) in 23 gallons. I get in trouble for trying to do extra changes/generally make his life better.

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How well circulated is the tank? It's happened before that someone had low nitrate when taking water from the surface, but incredibly high levels when water was taken from the middle/bottom.
Worth a shot if you haven't done a lot of water changing yet, even so it might answer the question.
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The filter is pretty powerful, but you're right, I don't know if it circulates the whole tank. I'll give that a go. :) He had a 50% water change the other day.

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It would really benefit to shake the #2 bottle for 2 minutes before adding it to the test tube and then shaking that for 1 minute.
I'll remember that for future tests, thanks. :)

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