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Is my api test kit not working properly?

My ammonia test is clear. According to the test sheet it should be yellow. Is this how your api kit shows 0 ppm? I want a test kit to test more of my parameter as well just starting a planted tank. What type of test kit is best to test for iron calcium nitrogen phosphates etc?
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Did you use both ammonia test solutions?


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Lol whoops just went through instructions. I can be a goober
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Hahaha I love how most people never look at instruction papers.. Yes sometimes its useless but for Most Aquarium products Reading the instruction can be important!

Oh and make sure to follow the nitrate test instructions, you really gotta shake the bottles up a long time for a accurate test, I see your nitrates at 0. Maybe you did not follow instructions for the nitrates too? you gotta shake until your hands/arms hurt!


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With the test kit, make sure to follow the instructions to the letter. And when you do the nitrate test, shake the ever living [censored][censored][censored][censored] out of bottle number two. Banging it on the table while you do.


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Lol yup I hate instructions I now understand for my tanks sake I might as well read them. Thanks for the replies! My second question still stands as to which test would be best to test nutrients in my water column? Should I go with the seachem series since I mostly use there products anyways? And do they sell a all in one kit?
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Lol yup I hate instructions I now understand for my tanks sake I might as well read them. Thanks for the replies! My second question still stands as to which test would be best to test nutrients in my water column? Should I go with the seachem series since I mostly use there products anyways? And do they sell a all in one kit?
I use Hagen Iron test works fine but I guess any Iron test kit will do its down to preference in brands. Also I dont test calcium in my setup and I dont think alot of people do either. There are no test kit for magnesium freshwater(from what ive seen) and for Nitrogen im not 100% sure but your Nitrates is your nitrogen. Phosphates I use API drops works well and its easy test to perform


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Ah i see thanks
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