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Old 01-11-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Water test kits? How to?

I have a pro test kit. I am having trouble reading it. The ammonia level is good when I first shake it at 0ppm but I let it stand and as it does for a minute or two it just gets darker green and just keeps getting darker. When is the appropriate time to make the reading. I keep doing water changes constantly of 30% every other day and it doesn't ever change.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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Most ammonia test kits recommend a 5 min. wait time to get a correct reading.
Do you have fish in the tank? If so you need to increase the amount your changing to at least 50%. 75 would be even better to reduce the amm. level.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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Ok. Thanks. Yea. It's always getting darker by 5 min it's reading high levels. My fish seem fine though. I have 2 electric yellow mbunas and they seem to have some black marks on the side though. And one other seemed sick the other day cause he was sitting close to the top of the tank hiding
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That doesn't sound like the fish are fine to me. Increase the water changes.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Try 50% pwc, test 1 hour later. If ammonia is above 0.25, do another 50% pwc. Repeat until you get below 0.25. Next day, re-test to see how much it has risen. If it is above 0.25, your tank is either uncycled, or overstocked. Do another 50% pwc and test again in 24 hours.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:53 PM   #6
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Just did 50% water change and added Nite-Out. Enough for the entire tank. 55G and then added new fresh same temp water. Since then which has been about an hour all my fish are gasping for air and looking unhealthy as well as one dying?
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:27 PM   #7
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One hour after testing. My PH is low at 6.4. Was higher before water change.
Ammonia- 4.0 which didn't change after water change.
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate-0
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One hour after testing. My PH is low at 6.4. Was higher before water change.
Ammonia- 4.0 which didn't change after water change.
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate-0
Have you tested your tap water? What is the pH of the tap water straight out of the tap, and what is the pH of the tap water, dechlorinated, after sitting in a bucket for 24 hours?

6.4 is ridiculously low for yellow labs. Much too low.

4ppm of ammonia is also ridiculously high. Very dangerous.

Did you learn about the nitrogen cycle, and cycle this aquarium before adding any fish?

What brand is your test kit?
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I cycled the tank for a month before adding fish. I did add fish quickly, (many at once) should have been slower.

I tested the tap water once I got it into the bucket. I tested it using the high and low PH test kit, and both were bright yellow. Which reads as 6.0 on the low PH but not even on the high range.
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How can I raise the PH safely and as fast as possible that's still safe
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