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    water quality questions

    What is the best way to reduce nitrate levels? If it is with plants (inside or outside of the pond (i.e. a vegetative filter)), what do people do with their ponds that contain no plants?

    Also, what test kit is the best for analyzing ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, KH and GH?

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    IMO, water changes are best for reducing nitrate. I've bumped up a thread on plant filters for ease of reading .... and showing my biases!

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    keep in mind that from a water quality standpoint a reading of nitrate is much safer than one of ammonia or nitrite. 40 to 100 stilll safe- as mike suggests and i concurr water changes make it easier to accomplish.

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    Shower filtration and water changes.

    Test kits: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals makes good hobbyist level kits for most items. Use the 2 dropper ammonia kit, not the 1 dropper one. If you want the BEST then you go with the expensive stuff (I forgot the name).

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    How often should we be changing out our test kit chemicals? or is there a expiration to how long to keep them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquitori
    How often should we be changing out our test kit chemicals? or is there a expiration to how long to keep them...
    Seems like there is no expiration date for the
    test kit chemicals I bought couple years ago.

    Please also note that not many chemical stuffs
    have expiration date anyway.

    --Dinh

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