How do I read my fish tank test results?

How do I read my fish tank test results?

Nitrate is read in ppm such as 10 ppm, 40 ppm, etc. An easy way to know how much water that needs to be changed in the aquarium is by the reading number. If it is 10 ppm, change 10% of the water. If it is 40% which is at the end of the safe range, change 40% of the water.

What should my levels be in my fish tank?

Most freshwater fish thrive when you have a pH level between 6.6 and 7.8. If, after conducting a pH test, you find the pH level to be unacceptable, you can raise or lower your pH levels by purchasing chemical products from your local pet store such as Aquarium Pharmaceuticals pH Up or pH Down.

How accurate are API test strips?

When testing these strips with new API liquid test kits for the same parameters, they were as accurate as the liquid. If you’re not getting the same results, check the expiration date of your liquid kits or buy new ones.

Is 8.2 pH too high for aquarium?

A substance with a measurement of 0 to 6.9 pH is acidic, while a pH of 7.1 to 14 is considered alkaline. Most aquarium fish thrive in pure water, which is a neutral pH of 7. A tank with high pH, meaning it’s very alkaline, is dangerous for fish and their habitat.

Is 10 ppm nitrate too high?

Although many aquarists run their tanks with extreme nitrate levels, the ideal is a maximum of 5 to 10 ppm. Levels of 20 to 50 ppm are too high.

Is 80 ppm nitrate too high?

At levels below 80 ppm, nitrates are not a problem. Levels above 80 ppm should not be ignored, as they can cause redness in the fins and cause fish to become very lethargic. High nitrates can also cause stress to the fish, which can prevent sores from healing even with the use of antibiotics.

How to read the API reading scale (color chart)?

Incubate the tray at 37 o C for 18 to 24 hours. For some of the compartments, the colour change can be read straightway after 24 hours but for some reagents must be added to them before interpretation. Get the API Reading Scale (color chart) by marking each test as positive or negative on the lid of the tray.

Is there a color chart for the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals pH test kit?

Please note there is no color chart for this test kit since it is a titration test kit: These are the instructions for the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals pH Test Kit. For the color chart, simply save the picture to your computer, then print (card stock is best): These are the instructions for the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Phosphate Test Kit.

How to use the API test strips?

Put some drops of water in the tray and put the API Test strip and close the tray. Mark the tray with identification number (Patient ID or Organism ID), date and your initials.

What are API identification products?

API identification products are test kits for identification of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria and yeast. API strips give accurate identifications based on extensive databases and are standardized, easy-to-use test systems.