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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 05:34 PM
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Some questions...

First - what kind of test kit are you using? Strip? Liquid?

If it's liquid, be sure you're shaking those bottles vigorously for as long as one minute before using. Sometimes the API nitrate kit can be difficult to read and very tricky to use if not shaken well.

What kind of algae do you have?


Brand of lighting? Reflectors? How many inches from the substrate?
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