Originally Posted by matthewjensen3
Sorry, Tetra Safe Start +.
I am using liquid API tests.
Okay. Since you added items to a tank that had items that could remove what the added items need to survive, I go back to the bioload being too small to show any real signs. Just an FYI, if you added nothing, usually you don't see an ammonia reading until at least 7-10 days unless you really overloaded the tank with fish. I get the feeling you are misreading the ammonia test result or you are not reading it in bright enough light. Take the test again when you can read the result in natural sunlight. That will give you the most accurate reading.
Ammonia comes in 2 forms, ammonia and ammonium. Ammonia is toxic while ammonium is not unless in very high amounts. The API tests do not differentiate which one it is reading but you can know by doing a Ph test. In water with a Ph below 7.0, it's ammonium. If it's above 7.0, it's ammonia.
If you are seeing an accurate result, .25 ppm
ammonia is not really an alarming number to be concerned about as long as it stays stable. If it starts to climb, you need to do water changes to keep it low.