How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

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Nyx replied the topic: How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

That would be cool to see someone from here do one :)
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UNC-CH replied the topic: How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

I wanted to mention my recent experience with nitrate testing.

Several weeks ago, I posted a question to the emergency help forum because my Oscar got spooked and took a chunk out of his head. I had never encountered this before and was worried about what to do. The address is below.

www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/44-emergency-please-help/304226-open-wounded-oscar-please-help?limitstart=0

Basically, I was told not to worry about the wound. It would heal - no problem (it healed completely with no scar within about a month btw). But I was also told that the readings I was getting for my nitrate were impossible given my water change schedule. I was told to shake solution 2 'like it owed me money'. After testing several times following the instructions and getting the same results (20-40ppm), I decided to test again and shake solution 2 like crazy, banging it against my palm for over 2 minutes. I then shook the test tube vigorously for at least 2 minutes. After waiting 5 minutes, I was shocked to find that the levels read between 80 and 160ppm instead of 20 - 40ppm. This is using the api test kit.

So, it's my experience that nitrate solution 2 and the test tube need to be shaken even more vigorously than in the video. I would have *never* believed this had I not seen it with my own eyes.
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

Thanks for posting your thread. That was interesting to read. I had an expired kit from a pet store that had removed the expire date and I had been too naive at the time to realize it. Got it all sorted out with a new kit, but things are certainly better when you have the right material and/or proper technique for testing.

Liked the pics of your Oscar, hope he is doing even better now that you have your nitrate level readings sorted out.
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

Great to hear. You really have to shake and beat that bottle to get the particles free from the bottom if they're settled. Sounds like you finally got some to break free. I would get a new kit if it were me, at least the nitrate replacements, I just wouldn't trust it. Although I've done enough testing and water changes on my tank I can pretty much tell you what my nitrate reading is at anytime without testing. If I went and tested right now it would say around 15ppm. Once you do lots of testing and water changes, the testing becomes less frequent and you have to remember to shake that sucker hard again because of the lack of use. I pick my bottle #2 up sometimes when I'm feeding and give it a good shake even if I'm not using it then.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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oscarmitch replied the topic: Re:How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

I wouldn't mind doing these testing videos lol.. coming from reef tanks where testing many many different levels are critical I got pretty good at it. One thing I would like to see more people with freshwater tanks do is test regular AND KEEP A LOG BOOK. Trust me this can be a huge help when you sit down and review your results. Each aquarium has a pattern when tested on a regular basis so when you find the pattern you can usually find and fix problems before they get bad. Just my 2 cents.
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cazzic replied the topic: How to Carry out a Liquid Nitrate Test

Thank you so much for this post & video! I have been testing my water wrong all along and today I found out my nitrites were significantly higher than I would like them to be. Thankfully it's water change day and we will do a bigger %. I am also happier that I discovered this video before my fish got sick and died.
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cazzic wrote: Thank you so much for this post & video! I have been testing my water wrong all along and today I found out my nitrites were significantly higher than I would like them to be. Thankfully it's water change day and we will do a bigger %. I am also happier that I discovered this video before my fish got sick and died.


I think you mean nitrates?

The nitrate test must be carried out correctly. Unlike the other tests such as nitrite and ammonia where you simply shake the vial a couple of times to mix everything together, the nitrate test will only work if the vile has been shaken for one minute, this basically gets all the chemicals reacting together with the aquarium water. I think we have all made the mistake at the very beginning by not reading the instructions properly. You then end up with a zero reading of nitrate which is virtually impossible to achieve in an established aquarium.

Anyway, I'm glad that the video helped you.

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