Disposing of liquids from test kit

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According to the test kit, dispose liquids involves just washing it with water, but I have fears of the dangers of those chemicals. Is there a better way to dispose those liquids?
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You're only talking about 5 mL of water with a tiny amount of chemical added, don't think that this can cause any problems anywhere

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OFL wrote: You're only talking about 5 mL of water with a tiny amount of chemical added, don't think that this can cause any problems anywhere

but makes me wonder of what happens if put in large quantities?
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turtle lover replied the topic: Disposing of liquids from test kit

also, another question: how many times the week does an aquarist should test an oscar's water?
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turtle lover wrote:

OFL wrote: You're only talking about 5 mL of water with a tiny amount of chemical added, don't think that this can cause any problems anywhere

but makes me wonder of what happens if put in large quantities?


In sufficient quantities, it would be bad as with any chemicals. However, from a practical standpoint, there isn't a problem.

turtle lover wrote: also, another question: how many times the week does an aquarist should test an oscar's water?


For the first 1-2 years, test ammonia and nitrites once a week after the tank has been cycled. This will let you know if you have enough bio-media and when filters need to be cleaned.

Test nitrates every 3 days to make sure that the tank is below 20 ppm.
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turtle lover wrote:

OFL wrote: You're only talking about 5 mL of water with a tiny amount of chemical added, don't think that this can cause any problems anywhere

but makes me wonder of what happens if put in large quantities?


In sufficient quantities, it would be bad as with any chemicals. However, from a practical standpoint, there isn't a problem.

turtle lover wrote: also, another question: how many times the week does an aquarist should test an oscar's water?


For the first 1-2 years, test ammonia and nitrites once a week after the tank has been cycled. This will let you know if you have enough bio-media and when filters need to be cleaned.

Test nitrates every 3 days to make sure that the tank is below 20 ppm.

How bout pH and high pH? What is exactly high pH?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Disposing of liquids from test kit

I don't worry about PH unless you are cycling or if you start to get ammonia/nitrite readings.
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Jauch21 replied the topic: Disposing of liquids from test kit

I always have trouble reading my nitrate test. My ammonia and nitrite are obviously zero. But the nitrate is tricky. When just looking at the bottle it appears to be below 20, but when i place it against a white background, it always appears darker.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Disposing of liquids from test kit

the proper way to read the nitrate test is to put it against the white part of the test strip, and read the color that is not in the shadow
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