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BlueTriangle

First time testing water quality

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Right, so I finally have a testing kit.

 

The test kit is eSHA Aqua quick test.

 

The tank is a 25 gallon with two goldfish (temporary until I can get them a bigger tank), one hillstream loach and three snails, plus several plants. 

 

I did a 50% water change yesterday, I took the readings today.

 

1.    Ammonia (tank/tap): (not measured with test kit)

2.    Nitrite (tank/tap): 0/0

3.    Nitrate (tank/tap): between 50 and 100/0

4.    pH (tank/tap): 6.8/6.8

5.    kH (tank/tap):10/10

6.    gH (tank/tap): (not measured with test kit)

7.    Chlorine: between 0 and 0.8/between 0 and 0.8

 

I am treating the water I add from the tap during water changes with tap safe which is meant to remove chlorine, so am bit concerned the reading for tank water is so similar to the tap water. I also did a 50% water change yesterday so I’m also concerned the nitrate levels are so high already.

 

I didn’t know the test didn’t include a reading for ammonia so I am guessing I will need to get a new testing kit so I can measure this, too? I’m surprised this was not included but then I am pretty new to fish care.

 

Based on these results what should I be doing, if anything? I'm guessing at least a precautionary water change based on the forum cycling chart.  

 

The water is clear, and all creatures in the tank are alive and seem healthy, which I am taking as a positive sign, but I am hoping to keep it that way! 
Edited by BlueTriangle

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Are these test strips you're using?  

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Hi, 

 

Yes I am using test strips, are the little test tube versions better?

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Please change 50% of the water daily until you get that nitrate down. 

 

Yes the test tube kits are many, many times better. 

Edited by shakaho

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I would recommend the API Master Test Kit for freshwater. I believe they are also available on Amazon, they have much accurate readings. :)

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