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RE: Nitrate test kits, was Black algae? or maybe a deficiency
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 21:55:21 -0600 (MDT)
From: "Roger S. Miller" <rgrmill at rt66_com>
Subject: Re: Black algae? or maybe a deficiency
On Mon, 23 Aug 1999, Bob Ashcraft wrote:
> Roger, have you ever gotten a reading from the AP kit? If so, have you
> simultaneously tested with the Wardley kit to determine the error factor?
On Mon, 23 Aug 1999, Roger S. Miller wrote:
I don't recall that in that tank I have ever gotten a reading from the AP
kit. I think the same could be said for my other more brightly lit tanks.
The question did pique my curiosity, so I used both tests on another tank
where I expected the nitrate level to be higher. It's a 38 gallon tank
with low light, slow-growing plants and no CO2. I keep a couple
boisterous 12-year-old clown loaches in there, and feed them rather
heavily (they beg).
Both the AP kit and the Wardley kit read between 20 and 40 mg/l. The
Wardley kit seemed to be pretty close to 20, while the AP kit showed
something close to 30.
The lowest non-zero reading in my color chart for the AP kit is at 20
mg/l. Maybe when the nitrate concentration drops much below 20 the kit
stops registering anything at all. The lowest color on the Wardly chart
is 10 mg/l but it seems to register detections at levels below 10 mg/l.
This is interesting, I was hoping that the AP kit would have read lower than
the Wardley's (to substantiate my theory of my nitrates being higher than I
think they are). But, apparently we have different versions of the AP kit.
The lowest non-zero reading on my color chart is 5, and I can extrapolate
readings between 0 and 5. I'm desperately trying to find another Wardley's
kit, but it looks like I'll have to mail order it.