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« on: February 06, 2016, 04:19:13 PM »

I just completed a 6 gallon water change in my 15 long I do weekly.<a href="http://s1049.photobucket.com/user/lv2crp/media/003_zpsaynqg9zf.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s392/lv2crp/003_zpsaynqg9zf.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 003_zpsaynqg9zf.jpg"/>[/url]  I used the wastewater for the first time.  The results were 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and what appears to be 5ppm nitrates.<a href="http://s1049.photobucket.com/user/lv2crp/media/002_zpsf9a4vmgk.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s392/lv2crp/002_zpsf9a4vmgk.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 002_zpsf9a4vmgk.jpg"/>[/url]
I am happy for this and this is in a tank with 3 adult platys, messy as plecos, and 5 white clouds.  I should count the small platy babies as well.  If you read the nitrate different let me know.

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2016, 08:48:02 AM »

In order to get a decent reading using test kits they need to be placed against the white background next to the appropriate color chart. it is impossible to determine the levels as they appear in your pictures.

What do you mean when you say you used "waste water/"
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2016, 10:32:32 AM »

Thank you,

Oh I did place them next to the card on the white, the photo I hoped was nuetral, but I guess not. I used the water recently removed from the tank, that actually made it easier to do.  The PH by the way was 7.6.  The Nitrate looked to be 5ppm.  What may I presume with it this low?

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2016, 11:40:33 AM »

I do my water changes on the weekends.  Just did my 20 high yesterday and the ph. was 7.6, the ammonia 0 ppm, Nitites 0 ppm., and the Nitrates at 5ppm., as with the 15 long.  I would imagine that the similar results come from the same water used in both, same substrate, similar plants and perhaps the same lighting and, I don't believe, an overstocked tank.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2016, 02:38:40 PM »

A good reading for nitrates would be 5-10ppm but at least under 20ppm.  As long as you are shaking the #2 bottle for at least 2 minutes, the reading you are getting is great!  Good job!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2016, 03:15:30 PM »

Thank you, that was a mistake I made before that gave a false reading, not shaking #2 long enough.  They were both done correctly.  I do find that testing the water is easier in the bucket of just removed tank water than the tank it self.  I don't do this weekly, or even monthly, but I should start I suppose.

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