I've been cycling around 10 days and I tested my nitrAtes this morning and again around 5pm. Both times they were around 40-60.
I went to the LFS
this evening to pick up my AI Sol and had them test my water while I was there. They used the same test as me (API test) and they had my nitrates through the roof! It was blood red and it turned that color instantly.
I told him it can't possibly be that high because I just checked it. He tested it again, but I noticed he only shook the 2nd solution bottle for about 2 seconds. The directions say to shake it for at least 30 seconds and that it is extremely important. Could that be why it turned blood red so fast?
I got home and tested it again, following directions to the letter. Again, they came out to about 40ppm.
Do I have a bad kit, or is the lack of shaking making it that dark? Perhaps I'm doing something wrong?? The kit i have is brand new.