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Hi guys..... I believe the most popular and efficient water test kit, as I believe you will agree, is the API Freshwater master Test Kit. What is the only downside of using this kit? Answer: The solution for testing Nitrate and Ammonia runs out way before the rest of the solutions (i.e. NitrIte and pH). A quick tip, which I have used successfully for a while now is to....... Take one of the test tubes and mark 2.5 ml on the side of the glass (I used some Tipex tape) ..... image below: N.B. Position the tape so that the lower edge measures 2.5 ml. Complete the tests in the normal manner, except in the case of the Ammonia test, use 4 drops of solution instead of the normal 8 that you would in a 5 ml measure (In the case of the Nitrate test use 5 instead of 10 drops). The results will be exactly the same, see image below: The same is true of the Nitrate test, image below: I have been practicing this method for many months now....prior to my idea, I was finding that the Nitrate and Ammonia solutions were running out months before the remaining Nitrite and pH solutions ..... causing me to buy new kits until I had Nitrite and pH solutions coming out of my ears!! Previously I found a kit lasting me about 9 months (based on my personal tank usage) before the testing took its' toll on the Nitrate and Ammonia solution stocks, and I had to purchase another just to replenish these two. Using this method, I have used the same kit for 12 months, and all the solution levels remaining are the same (or there about, the equal level). I would estimate that this kit will last me at least another 6 months.... doubling the original longevity of the kit. I hope this helps!!! Take care..... This post has been promoted to an article
I introduced my black moor back in with my other goldfish yesterday after a month or so in quarantine for suspected fin rot. He seemed fine and so did the others until this afternoon. I noticed one of my other goldfish, my smallest one, has a tiny rip in the dorsal fin and 3 rips in the tail including one very long one. It looks nothing like fin rot and it happened over a few hours, so I'm sure it's torn fins instead. I've been watching him all evening, he's been mainly in the back corner of the tank . Then about an hour ago, I found that one of my other fish is chasing this small one, and one other. The other being chased now also has a rip in her tail, which has appeared within the last half hour. I've had this trouble before when I first bought this bullying fish about a year and a half ago. He started this not long after introducing him. He calmed down after a week but my fish were so tired after being chased. I'm assuming he's starting to get territorial since introducing the black moor back in. I don't know what to do because I really don't want to take him out because I've just drained my quarantine tank. But obviously I don't want my fish to get hurt either. Do you think it's best to leave them be? He doesn't do it constantly, and it's not concentrated on one fish, but is he going to cause any severe damage? He puts his nose under their tail and he pushes them so they swim like mad. He doesn't seem to be "nipping" though.