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Old 06-15-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Ammonia TEST!!!! HELP!!

is it possible that my API marine aquarium test kit is EXPIRED!!???!!!


I have tried to do an ammonia test in my cycling tank, a few times now, 1 test tube stays clear the other is cloudy!!!!

I AM DOING RIGHT, EXACTLY LIKE DIRECTIONS SAY!

Does this mean I have No ammonia, or something is wrong with the kit?????

It is testing PH, Nitrates, and nitrites Fine....
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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you don't use 2 tubes to test ammonia (with api) 8 drops of solution 1, 8 drops of solution 2. invert tube to make sure it mixes well, then let sit for 5 minutes. directions are pretty helpful !!! lol, jk

they give you 4 test tubes that way you can test them all at the same time.
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yeah, if you're using two separate test tubes with only one solution each, you're doing it wrong.

As far as telling if your test kit is expired, it should have a lot number on the each bottle. This tells you when it was manufactured (month and year)... they're good for 3 years
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As far as telling if your test kit is expired, it should have a lot number on the each bottle. This tells you when it was manufactured (month and year)... they're good for 3 years
This is if they are sealed and unopened :p
After opening they generally last 6 mo to one year
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This is if they are sealed and unopened :p
After opening they generally last 6 mo to one year
well, i certainly did not know this... API forgot to mention that in their email when I asked about expiration dates... thanks for the heads up
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