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daisycutter 05-15-2007 09:42 PM

api ammonia test q
 
i've just purchased an api master test kit alls fine waters all perfect my question is i did the ammo test and there was no reaction at all the liquid remained clear on the card a zero reading is light yellow am i doing something wrong? i followed the instructions to the letter

anemone 05-15-2007 11:29 PM

I use these test kit and if your test is clear thats perfect (No ammonia)

yellow indicates ammonia!

Do you have the right test card

I am presuming you have a freshwater ammonia test card not the saltwater one??

misplacedsooner 05-16-2007 01:40 AM

I just bought a new ap master kit and my freshwater ammonia test card says 0 ppm yellow, 0.25 very light yellowish green going on to progressivly darker green shades

Falina 05-16-2007 02:41 AM

With any test I've used, clear = no amonia. If there is no amonia, ow whatever you're testeing for, then there's nothing for the test to react with, so it's just water and doesn't show any colour.

daisycutter 05-16-2007 02:44 AM

exactly what i thoght its just the card that says 0ppm-light yellow all other tests come back neg for nitrite and nitrate

Falina 05-16-2007 02:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by daisycutter
exactly what i thoght its just the card that says 0ppm-light yellow all other tests come back neg for nitrite and nitrate

Hmm, I haven't seen that before.

Personally, if there is no colour, to me that indicates no reading and I would be happy.

daisycutter 05-16-2007 03:12 AM

well i followed the instructions perfectly the nitrite nitrate and ammonia didnt do anything but the ph shot up to 7.8 so i know the tests work and everthings in the best of heath so its best to assume the cards a little off

Amphitrite 05-16-2007 08:57 AM

A zero ammonia reading should be yellow, as on the card below:

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/209_API_Ammonia_1.jpg

daisycutter 05-16-2007 09:32 AM

i tried out a new stratagey i tested the water in a drain tank for the shed up the garden as its full of stagnant manky water and all the test registered inculiding the ammonia which went a light green why doesnt my tank(s) register?

Amphitrite 05-16-2007 09:35 AM

That's strange. Even with a zero reading the test should turn yellow.

From memory, I think it's eight drops from each bottle, shake for five seconds and then wait five mins for a reading? Is that definitely what you're doing?


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