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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:21 pm Post subject: Simpler Test Kits ?? Reply with quote

 Hi  guys
 
 Considering  how  important  it  is  to  know  your  tanks'  Ammonia  /  Nitrite  /  Nitrate  levels,  is  there  any  simple  inexpensive  way  to  keep  tab  on  them  ?
 The  Test  Kits  available  is  some  of  our  elite  LFS  are  obsenely  expensive.
 
 Any  simpler  alternatives  ??
 
 Have  a  nice  weekend  people.
 
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Suby7272  wrote:                
Hi  guys
 
 Considering  how  important  it  is  to  know  your  tanks'  Ammonia  /  Nitrite  /  Nitrate  levels,  is  there  any  simple  inexpensive  way  to  keep  tab  on  them  ?
 The  Test  Kits  available  is  some  of  our  elite  LFS  are  obsenely  expensive.
 
 Any  simpler  alternatives  ??
 
 Have  a  nice  weekend  people.
 
 Suby                

 I  am  also  interested  in  knowing  if  their  are  any  alternatives.Any  advice  and  information  will  be  very  much  appreciated.
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 me  too  fellas  i`ve  been  looking  for  such  kind  of  things  
 i  will  be  verry  happy  to  come  to  know  about  something  down  to  earth..............  Very Happy
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 The  cheapest  test  kits  i've  used  is  Live  Test  Kits    Very Happy  .    I've  never  measured  ammonia  or  nitrate  or  anything  else.    Important  factors  I  observe  most  of  the  time  are  apetite,  growth  rate  &  activity  of  fish,  of  course  taking  into  consideration  other  factors  such  as  temperature,  feeding  et  al.
 This  has  worked  for  me  for  many  years  until  now    Thumb Up
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 madhu,
 what  are  these  lieve  test  kits    could  u  explain  us  in  detail  plz  [/quote]
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 Hi  Saad,
 
 What  Madhu  means  by  live  test  kits  is  fishes,  plants  and  any  other  creature  in  the  tank.  If  they  are  healthy,  growing  and  happy,  not  many  things  could  be  wrong.  That's  why  he's  having  a  sparkling  smile  beside  the  test  kit  name  Smile
 
 Regards,
 
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 oooooh  i  got  it  
   those  which  come  in  various  colors  forms  and  sizes  with  fins  ............
   and  the  green  ones  that  arise  from  the  bottom  arent  they  called  fish  and  plants..................................  ROFL  
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Hi  Saad,
 
 What  Madhu  means  by  live  test  kits  is  fishes,  plants  and  any  other  creature  in  the  tank.  If  they  are  healthy,  growing  and  happy,  not  many  things  could  be  wrong.  That's  why  he's  having  a  sparkling  smile  beside  the  test  kit  name  Smile
 
 Regards,
 
 Abhishek                

 
 Very  true  Abisekh    Smile  
 -If  you  have  ammonia  hikes,  fish  will  loose  apetite  totally  &  in  worse  case  will  come  to  the  surface  to  gasp.
 -If  you  have  nitrite  hikes,  fishes  will  start  to  die  off  because  nitrites  are  more  toxic  to  fish  than  ammonia.
 -If  you  have  nitrate  hikes,  all  walls  of  your  tank  will  be  covered  with  algae.    I  never  scrap  off  the  algae  on  the  rear  3  sides  of  the  tank.    When  a  little  algae  bloom  starts,  i  increase  WCs  (both  frequency  of  water  changes  and  the  volume  changed)
 
 Anyone  can  assume  low  levels  of  ammonia/nitrite/nitrate  if:
 -Their  tank  runs  without  a  problem  for  atleast  3-4  months
 -Low  stocking
 -High  aeration
 -Good  filtration  (good  enough  in  both  filter  media  surface  area  and  turnout  rates)
 -Very  thin  layer  of  gravel  or  in  my  case  Bare  bottoms.
 -Average  feeding
 -above  all  regular  water  changes  of  atleast  30%  per  week.
 
 And  above  all,  if  all  life  in  your  tank  are  eating  well,  active  &  healthy  anyone  won't  need  test  kits.
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 Talking  abt  diagnosing  water  quality  by  looks  and  appearance.
 Can  somebody  please  tell  me  what  does  yellow  water  signify  ?
 
 my  tank  is  now  a  month  old  and  i  can  see  yellowish  tinge  in  the  water  ..Could  also  see  spot  algar  growth  on  the  glass.
 Does  this  signify  the  tank  is  out  of  its  cycling  phase  ?
 
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 Hi  madhu,
 
 Superb  inputs  ,man...  Smile
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rohansd  wrote:                
Talking  abt  diagnosing  water  quality  by  looks  and  appearance.
 Can  somebody  please  tell  me  what  does  yellow  water  signify  ?
 
 my  tank  is  now  a  month  old  and  i  can  see  yellowish  tinge  in  the  water  ..Could  also  see  spot  algar  growth  on  the  glass.
 Does  this  signify  the  tank  is  out  of  its  cycling  phase  ?
 
 Thanks
 Rohan                

 
 Hi,  
 
 The  yellowish  tinge  could  be  because  of  a  drift  wood  that  you  have  placed  in  the  tank.  Uncured  driftwood  leaches  tannins  the  give  a  yellowishh  tinge  to  the  water  and  lowers  the  ph.
 
 Not  sure  whether  this  could  be  because  of  any  algae,  but  you  need  to  be  more  specfic  about  your  tank's  parameters  to  ascertain  the  reason.
 
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 Well.
 I  read  on  internet  that  yellow  color  could  be  due  to  driftwood  but  i  dont  have  them  in  my  tank.
 
 Abt  tank  parameters,
 All  i  can  tell  you  is  
 It  is  moderately  planted  tank  ,  2'  X  1'  X  1.5'  in  size  With  very  coarse  gravel  and  DIY  CO2  setup.
 Cant  tell  you  the  water  temperature  right  away  as  i  have  bought  a  new  thermometer  yesterday  and  am  yet  to  install  it  there.
 
 Do  you  think  that  the  un-siphoned  fish  waste  is  causing  this  ?
 
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 What  lighting  do  you  have  and  how  much  Watts/Gallon.    Your  fish  stocking  density,  filtration,  water  changes  etc.,  would  give  us  a  clear  picture.
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 Madhu,  thanks  for  your  reply.
 
 That  was  the  closest  one  to  the  actual  question  I  asked  -  good  one    Thumbs Up  
 
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 Hi,
 
 The  yellow  tinge  could  be  because  of  yellow-green  algae,  which  styas  suspended  in  water  or  it  could  also  be  some  rock/gravel  leaching.
 
 Since  you  have  a  deep  planted  tank,  the  lighting  should  be  heavy  otherwise  you  will  be  having  algae  blooms  all  the  time.  Keep  the  lights  on  for  8-10  hrs  a  day.  Your  tank  would  probably  require  about    60-70  watts  of  lighting  because  of  the  depth.
 
 For  now,  you  could  also  switch  on  your  filter  full-steam  until  the  water  clears  and  use  some  algae  eating  fish.
 
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