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Is My nitrite test kit working ?

ive never had a reading of nitrite in any of my tanks, and not even in poorly maintained tanks ( where it would be expected ) i was wondering if there was like some thing you could add to the water just to test if the kit was ok? so what i am talking about is like when you add baking soda to water the kh shoots up... so if you add vinegar or some thing to the little test kit to test if the kit is ok! thanks for any help!
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KN03 should do the trick about a 1/4 teaspoon. If you dont get a reading then, I would assume the test kit is no good.
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D.gilly said nitrites so kno3 wouldnt tell if the test kit is working
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yes i mean nitrite as in NO-2
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If you have even a moderate plant load, you will never see nitrites, so why worry about them? Nitrites will possibly be a problem only in a new aquarium, with plants not growing yet, or a non-planted aquarium. I suggest using the nitrite test solution as a paper weight.

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Sorry about that D gilly. It was late last night. I would think that if you dont have any nitrites in any of your tanks, it just means they are cycled.

Never test for nitrites so the question threw me.
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thanks for the help but i mean in planted, non planted, welll kept, poorly neglected ,brand new, and old tanks nothing ever ! i just cant believe that even in tap water and well water nothing! well thanks again ! mabey ill just go out and buy a new one. also it came with a master test kit everything else works so i suspect none of my tanks have any.
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