There is no way to tell if its 6 or 7PPM... im using the liquid API master kit... the range on the kit only goes in doubles.. So .25-.50 then 1 then 2 4 8 ect...
And no I don't think doing water changes is cheaper.. The water bill from changing water every single day would be really high and I doubt adding chlorine to my tank despite me adding a drop or 2 of prime in my bucket when I fill it would help my bacteria grow. I think water changes cause the cycle to last longer because of that. But I did a 70% water change the other day and it only brought my ammonia down to 2PPM.. and now 24 hours later its dark green again.
I dunno like you guys are saying confused to as why my ammonia is reading so high and I haven't had any fish or snail die.. Not even a neon and they are acting and looking like the water is perfect... I magine if after 24 hours my ammonia went from 2PPM back to dark green which is around 4-8.. imagine how high it would be after 7 days or 14 days with no water changes.... Something just doesn't seem right... Maybe it is the prime detoxifying it... but im almost wondering if the prime is causing my cycle to never happen
Anyway, my test kit is fine, I have 4 other tanks in the house and they are all reading 0 except my new 2.6g betta tank which is reading around 4ppm. And the tap water reads around 2PPM because of the chloramine's/ammonia combo..
My test readings are this..
Ammonia 4-8 (you want more accurate I cant give you more acurrate as I explained the test only shows 4 or 8)
KH is 5
GH is 7
PH is 7.5
Water temp is always 78f but I upped it to 82f to try and get the bacteria to grow faster
My plants are
Water Sprite, Wistera, Anubias (broad leafed), amazon sword, red tiger lotus, Telenthara Cardinalis ( a lot of it) and red nesaea (a lot as well).. I also have 4 stems of Limnophila hippuroides. The plants are all doing really well.. my telenthara as I said when I got it from petsmart in those tetra bags was only like half inch tall and maybe coverd 2-3 inches with only a few tiny leaves.. Now its like a giant bush and ruby red.. My red neseae lost its red color and its more green/yellow/orange now (IMO looks better like this then just being red) and its tripled in size.. The only plant that seems to be dying and hasn't grown any is the watersprite... and im very confused about that because it literally explodes in my 55g tank... but it looks half dead now and hasn't grown any in my 27g.. im wondering if its the ammonia levels causing it im not sure.
The entire bottom of my tank is covered in plants I cant fit anymore in there lol.. As for my tank stock.. Prior to me tearing out my old blue rocks and my undergravel filter I had all these fish in there and I always had 0 ammonia.. after removing the rocks and filter this is when the ammonia got really high and stayed there... I did this though last month on the 25th.. Its been 36 days now....Could my undergravel filter really have had that HUGE of a impact on my BB ? Im starting to wonder... because the HOB filter even if I took out the filter media in it my ammonia never went above 0 when I had the UGF in the tank.. I honestly always thought the HOB was a useless way to have BB and remove ammonia.. I only kept it in there to clean the water of floating particals and stuff.
Here is a picture of my tank right now