Plse Help Me Read My Test Strip

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by yankeegirl718, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. yankeegirl718Valued MemberMember

    Hello all!
    So, I've been using Tetra 5 in 1 test strips that test for all except ammonia. At first, i thought you just dip and read with this brand (i was using API prior to purchasing the Tetra ones).
    Then, after reading more thoroughly, i came to learn that rhey are just like the API, 30 seconds for ph, kh & gh and 60 seconds to read nitrite & nutrate.

    So, when i was reading them all instantly, my nitrate was always at 0. Today and yesterday i feel like it's between 0 & 20. What do you think? It's only day 11 of a fish in cycle with 3 glofish danios, 6 neon tetras and 2 julii cories.

    Thanks for your help! I apologize for the quality of pictures, not easy to do alone with a bottle that rolls lol


  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

  3. yankeegirl718Valued MemberMember

  4. yankeegirl718Valued MemberMember

    I know, i finally only have about 3 strips left, so plan on buying a liquid test today or tomorrow. I, unfortunately can't afford to keep buying stuff, i have to use what i have before switching to something better unless absolutely imperative.
  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Totally understandable :)
  6. yankeegirl718Valued MemberMember

    I never saw a spike in my nitrites, but if it occurred while reading it wrong, i guess that could explain, but it seems way too soon for any of that to be possible.
  7. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    The liquid test kit will last you a long time and will save you money in the long run. Both in test kit costs and fish health costs!
  8. yankeegirl718Valued MemberMember

    Yes, I'm aware, which is why i stated that i plan to buy a liquid test today or tomorrow. I can't just spend money outside of my budget when i have human babies that come first.
  9. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    It's good you're going to upgrade to a liquid test kit soon. They are known for being much more accurate than test strips. Although any test where you have to compare the vial to colors on a piece of paper can be misread by the user. Regardless, your results are bound to be much closer to accuracy.
  10. yankeegirl718Valued MemberMember

    I do wish the colors/results were easier to interpret, but i guess science is science! ☺

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