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  1. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    Yeah, it looks like the best way to deal with it is, if the fish appear happy, don't worry about it.
  2. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    I must admit I'm fighting a battle with that. My logical side agrees to leave things alone as everything appears fine but the OCD side of me is nagging at me to figure it out.
  3. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    The reviews on the NTLabs kit are good. At least on Amazon: https://amzn.to/31gGcwC I've just tested the RO with all three kits and they read: NTLabs = 0 API strips = 5 Tetra strips = 10 Here's a rundown of my tank setup: 11 months old heavily planted 50% weekly WC with RO water Light cycle =...
  4. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    That's just it. All fish are fine. Acting normally with no sign of anything untoward, physically.
  5. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    To play it safe, I bought some Seachem De*Nitrate to put in the tank. I'll see what difference that makes to the readings, if any, by Sunday before my next wc.
  6. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    Yes, I think I'm going to do that. I'll find out what test kit they're using, too and see if it comes out the same as mine. It may just confuse things even more.
  7. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    So today I tested my Nitrate with three different kits. I did this at my usual time, just before doing my weekly water change. I followed the instructions for each kit to the letter. The results were as follows... NTLABS = 10 Tetra 6in1 strips = 70 API = 120 I'm beginning to think these test...
  8. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    I've just bought a test kit from NTL labs to compare the results. I'll see what happens.
  9. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    Yeah, my second test gave the same result, even after shaking solution two for a whole 5 mins. I'll get a diff test for next time and see what happens.
  10. Mistwalker

    Thought It Was Fin Rot, Now Not So Sure

    Thanks for the info, CheshireKat. It explains a lot. I'm still medicating even though I'm seeing no sign of it on any other fish. I'll continue for another couple of days and then do a big water change.
  11. Mistwalker

    Thought It Was Fin Rot, Now Not So Sure

    Thanks nikm. I'll go ahead and do that. I was just surprised it killed him so quick. Everything I read lead me to believe Fin rot was slower acting than that.
  12. Mistwalker

    Thought It Was Fin Rot, Now Not So Sure

    Tank What is the water volume of the tank? - 60L / 13g How long has the tank been running? - 10 months Does it have a filter? - CF80 Does it have a heater? - Yes What is the water temperature? 24C / 75F What is the entire stocking of this tank? 8x Lamp Eye Killifish, 8x Ember Tetra, 3x Guppy...
  13. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    Thanks guys. I thought I'd shaken it well enough but it looks like I haven't. I'll make doubly sure next time.
  14. Mistwalker

    Huge Discrepancy Between Test Kits

    For the last 8 months I've been using NTLabs 'Aquarium Lab" for all my weekly tests. My Nitrate tests have consistently shown between 20 and 40 throughout that time, being steady at 20 for the last 3 months since changing to RO water. However last week I used the last of my Nitrate test...
  15. Mistwalker

    Does Water Temp Affect Algae Growth?

    Thanks for the info, MrBryan. Right now it's at a level where I can keep on top of it by manual removal. Hopefully this hot spell will not last long and things will get back to normal. I may even drop my usual temp setting by a degree or two afterwards so as to try and see off the small amount...
  16. Mistwalker

    Does Water Temp Affect Algae Growth?

    We're having a bit of a heatwave here in the UK and because of the ambient temp, my water temp has risen from it's usual steady 25C to 28C. At the same time I've had a sudden increase in staghorn algae. Is this because of the temp increase or just a coincidence, ya think?
  17. Mistwalker

    My First Tank

    I got it from my LFS, Sheldon. They have a big box full of it you can rummage through and grab what you want. It's a great place.
  18. Mistwalker

    My First Tank

    8 month old heavily planted 50% weekly WC with RO water Light cycle = 6 hours CO2 = On 2 hours before lights. Off 1 hour before lights Dosing with Evolution Aqua complete liquid plant food and remineralising the RO with Seachem Equilibrium. 60l / 13g - 30x30x60 CF80 filter LED lighting system...
  19. Mistwalker

    Fighting Staghorn And Balancing Co2

    Will do. I'll start now and keep you posted in a few days.
  20. Mistwalker

    Fighting Staghorn And Balancing Co2

    The instructions on the box for my drop checker say yellow is too much but I'll up the amount and keep an eye on things. See if it changes things. Thanks for all your help so far, Chanyi.




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