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Old 09-02-2013, 07:02 PM   #1 
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Ok I once messed up the Nitrate Test but I think I have it correct now but I fear I am getting in inaccurate result or something might be bad.

Ok with that test I add 10 drops of bottle 1 to a becker, then shake for 5 seconds then shake bottle 2 for 1 minute then add 10 drops then shake it for 1 minute.

My question is what is the result supposed to be on tap water?
I find it hard to read but it seems like my water 5-10.
When I tested my betta tank though it seemed the same color.
How long does it generally take for a 10 gallon tank to gain enough to be different then the tap?
After 6 days I tested my 10 gallon tank and I thought it read 10-20 so I changed 50% and retested it again today but it still looks 10-20. But then I looked at the tap test and they looked excatly the same so I was like "My eyes fail" So I wondered how the works

Also I have a 5 gallon and I changed her 5 gallon and his 10 gallon same day last week 100% and 6 days later I checked both there water at the same time and the reading was the same. Is this odd?

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Old 09-03-2013, 07:00 AM   #2 
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The nitrate reading is the least accurate. Fortunately, it's also the least important. Tanks differ in how much nitrate the cycle produces, but you should read an increase between weekly changes.

Nitrate #2 test bottles, if not shaken enough, will usually give a high reading. Remove the dropper part of the #2 bottle (gently with pliers), then drop in a small bead or gravel. This turns it into a "rattlecan" for easy, thorough mixing.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:08 AM   #3 
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API nitrate test is hard to read from the 10 to 40 ppm range to say the least and its accuracy is limited at best. You have to make just to run the test the same way each time small changes give very different end results.
If wanted to spend the money you could invest in a LaMotta test kit
They ain't cheap but are lab grade
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:45 PM   #4 
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The nitrate reading is the least accurate. Fortunately, it's also the least important. Tanks differ in how much nitrate the cycle produces, but you should read an increase between weekly changes.

Nitrate #2 test bottles, if not shaken enough, will usually give a high reading. Remove the dropper part of the #2 bottle (gently with pliers), then drop in a small bead or gravel. This turns it into a "rattlecan" for easy, thorough mixing.
I thought it was more important? Cuz since the 10 gallon tank is cycled isn't the one I need to worry about so his water doesn't get bad.
So what reading should I look for to warrent a water change?

@ Both, thanks for advice
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:08 PM   #5 
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Where would I find the La Motta test? What is the price range approx.?
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:09 PM   #6 
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #7 
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Thanks, Rick. Unfortunately out of my price range,
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:41 PM   #8 
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Thanks, Rick. Unfortunately out of my price range,
Not cheap but you get what you pay for

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Old 09-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #9 
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I agree but it is more Than I can spend.

As long as my fish are thriving using the API tests that's all I need.

Now, if I were doing an investigation say how different levels of Nitrates affect say Panda Cories that would warrant the higher cost.

I really do appreciate that you took the time and effort to help, thanks.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:42 PM   #10 
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Hey I get it, I use LaMotta because that's what we use at work.

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