The trip is 45 minutes.
And I have no idea about the water... I believe it has to be different because when the power goes out, the water doesn't stop, unlike where I live (we lose our water if the water goes out)...
And I don't think I have monet for a test kit. My dog is going to the vet soon to get a biopsy on a lump, and we haven't done ANY back to school shopping yet for either myself or my sisters (I go back in a week too Dx)
Unforuntately, I have to go with the strips because they're a lot cheaper :/
And the filter was off for about 18 hours I guess... but everything was still in the tank, nothing was moved around. I wasn't home most of yesterday so I rememered to shut it on, and did so immediately.