API test tube for Ammonia test fell in Aquarium that is cycling.

Nickdavey1261

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Hi, so I did something very stupid and I’m just kicking my self. I am cycling a new aquarium for a Long Horn Cowfish. I have put filter media from my Porcupine Fish’s tank ( I like to keep some extra media in the filter in case I want to start up another aquarium ) and put it into the filter for the new aquarium about a week ago and everything was going smoothly. Today I decided to do an ammonia test and of course instead of putting the lid on the tube first , I picked the the tube up that had both solutions inside and it fell through the feeding hole of the aquarium top. I immediately took it out of course and did about a 50% water change. The solutions were not mixed with the water in the tube yet and looked to be at the bottom of the test tube at the time I took it out of the aquarium, but I know that doesn’t mean that none got into the aquarium. I am currently running to the store to get some more carbon. I have a carbon pad from the established tank in there currently, should I take this out or leave it in and add some extra carbon ? Is there anything else I should do ? Should I test pH frequently? I did do a pH test before the incident and one after and both tests read the same. I know this incident probably isn’t common but any advice would be taken and greatly appreciated! Thank you!
 

Luckyscale2003

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i wouldnt worry the carbon will have it out within 24 hours
 

Jesterrace

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At this early stage and with a big water change like that you might be okay but those chemicals are pretty caustic. Personally I like Red Sea for my tests since it's powder based and I hate the API test vials (lids are prone to leakage).
 
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smee82

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Do as close to 100% water change before you add the carbon to get it out out and you should be fine.
 

StarGirl

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I would avoid mixing or having tubes by the open tank at all times. Use a table, desk or kitchen counter. Much safer that way.
 
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Nickdavey1261

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smee82 said:
Do as close to 100% water change before you add the carbon to get it out out and you should be fine.
Thank you ! ended up doing another 50 % water change. All parameters are seemingly normal still.
StarGirl said:
I would avoid mixing or having tubes by the open tank at all times. Use a table, desk or kitchen counter. Much safer that way.
You’re exactly right ! I don’t know what I was thinking , especially dealing with chemicals such as these. I’m glad there are no living animals in there.
 

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