Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-19-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 83
Send a message via Yahoo to SuperWade2
How to Read Test Kit?

I've got the SeaChem Basic Marine Test Kit and have started going through the basic Tests (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and PH)...

My Question is reading the Test Stipes... For Example the Pink color of the Nitrite/Nitrate Tests is virtually the same betwwne 1 and 2.5 for Trite and 2-5 for Trate... I can't really distingush when holding up next to the test sample.

Same for the PH leve, it was somewhere arround 8.0, but I couldn't tell between 8.0 and 8.1ish...

My Ammonia was still pretty low on the Yellow/Light Green side, so it was a little easier, but there doesn't seem to be much difference in the colors...

Maybe I'm a little color blind, or didn't get buy the easiest to read Test Kit...

Any Advice?

SW2
__________________

__________________
SuperWade2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 12:39 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dskidmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Genesee Valley
Posts: 2,616
I often have my husband look at the test tubes for me, as I he can see color better than I. If you have a digital camera, you can cheat. Take a picture of the test tube next to the color chart. Use a good editing program to find out what the color levels in several pixels are and compare. Not sure-fire, the test tube and paper may reflect light diffrently, but it's better than failing at doing it by eye.
__________________

dskidmore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
the seachem kit doesn't use vials...it uses a white card with 2mL wells in it.

my best advice is don't read them with a light directly over you, but make sure the room is well lit, and not using really yellow incandescent bulbs. use daylight bulbs, or natural daylight. i read mine in the kitchen where i have a 10,000k circline bulb overhead. the whiter light gives much truer color for the test sample.
__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
test, test kit

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
R.O. Right does not read on test kit. DSenn Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 16 09-20-2008 12:44 AM
API Test Kit vs Test Strips--Dead fish--No Refund Jewel Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 08-31-2008 12:35 AM
How to read this testing kit lyquidphyre Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 02-18-2007 08:17 PM
Phosphate test kit dark blue...range higher than max on kit MyCatsDrool Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 7 02-13-2007 08:20 AM
How do you read your liquid test kit? Lonewolfblue Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 03-24-2006 02:22 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.