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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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i just got a read sea test kit was wondering about

was wondering about nitrite. i got a reading of 0.1 is this ok? also my tank water ph is 7.0 but, my tap water is 6.6 ph is well water. is this going to effect my water changes ?
my gh is 5 on the red sea kit and for some reason kh would be light blue at first and then turn yellow instead of the pinkish color on the card dunno why. anyone eles have red sea test kit?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 04:21 PM
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I have the red sea kit and don't think I'd get it again. Comparing the colors of the actual liquid and the color on the cards is crappy. I think the kh yellow you see is supposed to be the pink on the card.

Not sure if you have the Fe (iron) tester, but no matter what, it always reads 0 for me...even when I test a separate liter of water dosed with more than enough iron supplement (tried two different iron fertilizer brands with same results). So either both brands are lieing and have ZERO iron, or the test is messed up. I think the test is messed up.

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what bs lol i got the red sea kit thinking it would be better then the api
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I have the same results as Franzi with the Red Sea Iron test. If it changes color at all it is nowhere near any of the colors on the chart. Mostly it seems to say I have no iron in the water, even when I have just dosed it.
I have the API tests, and while there may still be some issues, at least the colors are a pretty good match for what is on the card.
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Ditto. +1 for API Freshwater Master Test Kit (also get a GH/KH test kit)

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