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  1. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Ive no idea, the colour chart goes upto 100ppm if that helps
  2. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Hiya Fishmanic, well it was certainly a lot easier to use than the API kit. If i had a choice it would be Salifert all the way. But neither match what South Staffs are claiming so still not happy. Maybe i will need to send a sample to an independent lab.
  3. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    That was the second kit i purchased.
  4. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Thanks for all the feedback guys, i do appreciate it. Im looking at some seachem denitrate at he moment, maybe this could go into my cannister filter?
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    How should i test Nitrates

    Hiya Essjay, yes im doing everything to the Book, i searched this Forum and read all about the Nitrates Bottle two needing a good beating as it solidifies. I will try and double the shake time but TBH i shook til my head nearly fell off. I do have wuite a lot of plants in the tank and they...
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    How should i test Nitrates

    Thank you Essjay, so not quite as bad as i thought then (not great) but not as bad. The problem i have is, how do I accurately test my nitrates? Im measuring 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitites yet unable to get a workable reading for Nitrates (which was going to be my guide for water changes) etc
  7. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Sadly yes, i have been (unaware until now) Thanks for the link, interesting
  8. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Yes its been the last couple of weeks, it wasnt so high before as it was in the safe zone. It has blown my mind. Im looking into RO at the moment, maybe thats my only option
  9. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Ive been doing everything to the book, really ive been banging the bottle against the door frames etc always the same results. Im just at a loss with it right now
  10. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Hiya Connarlindeman, yes been doing everything to the book, even banging it off the door liners 😂
  11. The Dog

    How should i test Nitrates

    Hiya Guys, I've been using API fresh water test kit, Nitrates have been measuring 160ppm (max) straight out of tap. I called South Staffs water who quickly dismissed the API test kit as it is apparently inaccurate. South Staffs took a sample and on waiting for there finfings i purchased a...
  12. The Dog

    Cycling my tank

    Ok thank you Colin
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    Cycling my tank

    Morning guys, thanks for the advice. I have deopped a good amount of plants into the aquarium, not planted as i left them in the growing media for added BB. I have a layer of aqua soild on the bottom (in bags) and that is covered my a god layer of flourite Black. Its been going for just over a...
  14. The Dog

    Cycling my tank

    Hiya Lads, Ladettes. Ive been cycling my first tank. I started with Dr Tims Denitrifying solution and fed with Ammonia to 2ppm. I then tested for a week or so. My Ammonia went down but stalled at 0. 25ppm - 0.50ppm. My Nitrites stayed at 0 throughout (annoyingly) then the Nitrates blew...
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    Bacteria-in-a-bottle

    If you do a 90% water change, do you leave 10% of the bad stuff in? Yh i think im getting this now 😂
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