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Old 04-06-2010, 02:32 AM   #1 
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how??

So I test my water with water strips, tests for Nitrate, Nitrite, hardness, chlorine, alkalinity, and ph.

What I'm wondering is how does nitrite and nitrate form??
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:08 AM   #2 
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The strips aren't very accurate at all. I suggest getting a liquid test kit. Plus your missing the most important test.. Ammonia.

Nitrites are produced as waste from bacteria that process the ammonia that results from fish waste. Nitrates are produced as waste from a different bacteria that processes the nitrite formed by the first bacteria. Doing water changes helps to keep the nitrates at a low level that is safe for the fish.
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ok, I do 2 a week full changes anyway. I was just curious how it was created.
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