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Re: Algea and PMDD
Mike Charlton wrote:
>I'm going to get some other test kits. Are there any that people suggest
>(I'd like to stay in the $20 range)? Does anyone know where to get a
>good test kit in Ottawa (mail order to ThatPetPlace.com took over 2 weeks
Try the Seachem test kits. They aren't expensive and come with a very nice
feature: a standard solution that you can use to check/calibrate the test.
After having some problems with faulty tests, I never rely anymore on the
color scale included in test kits. I always compare side-by-side the sample
taken from the aquarium with standard samples I prepare using distilled
water and either the solution that comes with the test or a suitable chemical.
For nitrate I use just the same KNO3 used in PMDD. For phosphate I use
Seachem's standard. For iron I use either Seachem's standard or Flourish Iron.
With this technique it is even possible to push a high range test kit such
as Tetra's nitrate to work in the 1 - 10 ppm range.