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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:43 pm Post subject: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 Just  got  my  API  freshwater  test  kit  today.  Had  always  wanted  a  test  kit  since  the  early  days  but  they  were  quite  expensive  back  then  (still  are!)  for  me  to  afford  it  as  a  student.  Now  that  my  student  days  are  over,  thought  i'll  pick  it  up  without  any  delay.  Don't  ask  me  the  price,I'll  post  the  link  to  where  I  bought  it  from  incase  you're  interested.
 
 So  it  arrived  within  6  days  of  me  ordering  and  I  used  it  right  away  to  test  the  water  parameters  in  my  tank:
 
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 All  parameters  look  alright  except  for  Nitrate,  looks  to  be  between  40-80  ppm  which  is  a  tad  bit  high.
 
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 Nitrate-40-80  ppm  is  my  guess
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:53 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

 Just  increase  the  frequency  or  amount  of  water  changed  to  bing  down  your  nitrates
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:49 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

                                                   
Mortis  wrote  (View  Post):                
Just  increase  the  frequency  or  amount  of  water  changed  to  bing  down  your  nitrates                

 
 Yes  will  do  in  future.  I  took  the  readings  right  after  a  water  change.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:01 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

 Nitrates  are  high,  also  check  nitrates  of  your  tap  water,  there  have  been  reports  of  nitrates  being  high  in  tap  water  itself.
 If  the  source  water  itself  has  nitrates  there  is  no  use  in  making  water  changes,  we  will  have  to  think  of  other  methods.
 Get  in  touch  with  rasiknayak,  we  discussed  this  issue  once.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:04 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

                                                   
sandeepraghuvanshi  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nitrates  are  high,  also  check  nitrates  of  your  tap  water,  there  have  been  reports  of  nitrates  being  high  in  tap  water  itself.
 If  the  source  water  itself  has  nitrates  there  is  no  use  in  making  water  changes,  we  will  have  to  think  of  other  methods.
 Get  in  touch  with  rasiknayak,  we  discussed  this  issue  once.                

 
 I  did  consider  this  and  infact  its  even  mentioned  in  the  instructions  manual.  So  I  went  ahead  and  tested  the  water  (from  Aquaguard)  which  I  added  this  time  to  the  tank,  was  previously  using  tap  water  and  dechlorinator.  I  got  a  reading  of  0  ppm  if  I  use  Aquaguard  water,but  I  checked  online  and  its  not  the  safest  for  fishes  in  the  long-term.  Will  run  the  tap  water  through  this  test  and  revert  back.  Thank  you
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:15 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

 Reverse  osmosis  water  is  never  good  for  aquariums.It  has  no  buffering  capacity  and  ph  swings  are  wild.
 Either  mix  some  tap  water  with  RO  water  or  mix  marine  salts  to  provide  some  buffering.
 I  use  RO  water  also  mixed  with  some  tap  water.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:19 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

                                                   
sandeepraghuvanshi  wrote  (View  Post):                
Reverse  osmosis  water  is  never  good  for  aquariums.It  has  no  buffering  capacity  and  ph  swings  are  wild.
 Either  mix  some  tap  water  with  RO  water  or  mix  marine  salts  to  provide  some  buffering.
 I  use  RO  water  also  mixed  with  some  tap  water.                

 
 We  don't  have  a  RO  unit,  its  the  old  eboiling+  model.  I'm  also  doing  the  same.  I  just  did  a  50%  water  change  today  to  bring  the  nitrates  down  and  mixed  a  lot  of  tap  water  to  Aquaguard  water.  I  think  i'll  do  the  same  from  now  on.
 
 I  also  tested  the  tap  water  for  nitrates  and  got  a  0ppm  reading.  I  guess  the  tap  water  is  safe  to  help  bring  the  nitrates  down.  I  had  another  query  too,  is  it  a  good  idea  to  rinse  the  filter  pads  for  bringing  the  nitrate  level  down  ?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:29 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

 If  there  is  no  nitrate  in  your  tap  water,  then  it  means  that  the  water  change  frequency  in  your  tank  needs  to  be  changed.
 If  your  wash  filter  pads  in  tap  water,  then  the  cholrine  in  tap  water  will  kill  all  nitrifying  bacteria,  it  is  always  a  good  idea  to  wash  filter  media  in  tank  water.
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 Yes,will  only  wash  with  tank  water  when  siphoning  the  dirt  out.  I  hope  rinsing  the  filter  media  will  help  bring  the  nitrates  down.  Will  update  with  results  once  I  test  water  again  on  tuesday.
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 Nitrates  are  end  result  of  nitrate  cycle,  they  do  not  get  converted  into  anything.
 Fish  generate  ammonia  which  gets  converted  into  Nitrites  and  then  into  Nitrates.
 You  can  only  reduce  nitrates  by  water  changes.
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 The  frequent  water  changes  have  helped  bring  nitrates  down  to  5-20  ppm.  However  pH  is  a  little  high  at  8.4  or  roundabouts.  I'm  thinking  of  leaving  it  as  it  is  instead  of  using  chemicals  keeping  the  fish  in  mind.  How  frequent  should  subsequent  water  changes  be  ?  10-20%  once  a  week  would  be  enough  ?
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 Your  water  change  frequency  will  depend  upon  nitrate,  when  they  approach  10-15  ppm,  make  water  changes  this  will  give  you  an  idea  of  the  frequency  of  water  changes.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:45 pm Post subject: Re: Using the API Freshwater master kit Reply with quote

 [quote="sandeepraghuvanshi";p="342442"]Your  water  change  frequency  will  depend  upon  nitrate,  when  they  approach  10-15  ppm,  make  water  changes  this  will  give  you  an  idea  of  the  frequency  of  water  changes.[/quote
 
 Thank  you.  Will  test  the  water  regularly  to  identify  when  water  changes  need  to  be  done.
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