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  1. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    Probably - if you were born last millenium, you are old! I'm a child of the 60's so a complete "free love" one, me! ; ) 30+years BEFORE the millenium bug didn't destroy the world, and yet 18 years after the bug didn't bite, all forms now have to have a 4 digit year. Even a piece of government paper - here I need to / can certify drivers vision. But each date I need to fill, which is 3 of the same date on the same side of a piece of paper! They all need a 4 digit year. The form I certify is valid for 30 days, so obviously it wasn't 1918. Equally I can't certify a form 100 years in the future, when I and the certified driver will both be dead. So why must the form have a 4 digit year.? 4 digit years annoy me a lot! Peace and love man! 1960s
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    API ammonia failure???

    Just that old folks remember when an emoticon would stay as it was rather than being automatically converted to an emoji ( )
  3. Ian

    Anchor Worms Suck...that is all.

    Yup, That does suck. At least they are easy enough to spot, and well done you for keeping up with the females! Any update? Parasites are such horrible things in general, but those that kill their host are just plain dumb...... But maybe in a huge amount of water, there would be more "food" to keep all the parasites happy?
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    API ammonia failure???

    So after some life busy-ness, and other things (Revenue) as always - same as the IRS. I read that the first chemical is actually the "binder" which will only bind to the NH3 molecules, and not the NH4s. The next chemical is the one which is corrosive ( I read ) which then causes the colour change. That's what I read, but please don't quote me on that!! I'm not home to see the bottles - and therefore which one is marked corrosive... All I know is that my two measuring methods rarely agree about very much at all😯 Wooah, way more Emojis, which is very confusing to old blokes! Some "young un" needs to explain these to the more "mature" members. I'm "old enough" to remember when they used to be called emoticons! And that must be very old ":)"
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    API ammonia failure???

    For what it is worth, I completely (THOUGHT THAT I) understood that the first corrosive chemical in the API converted all of the "good" ammonium into ammonia. The next one read the TOTAL. This does kindof make sense to me as my aquarium doodah claims to read purely NH3, and the results are wayyyy off.. But I did read that API like tests, on scales of yellow to blue are testing for only Ammonia. One of my methods is way off of the other, but I have no idea which, but in a cycled tank, I doubt the errors would be so significant? So, call me biased, but here is some info I have no reason to doubt, but yes it does come from the "Doodah" manufacturer, and to my understanding the doodah should read the same as the API. Given the Doodah only will read to 0.050ppm, still I have a large discrepancy between the two. http://answers.seneye.com/en/water_chemistry/what_is_ammonia_NH3_NH4/Ammonia_Test_Kit If this information is completely wrong, someone needs to "own" it, cos I don't know better! After some other reading, I understand that the first API chemical actually.... This is a cut and paste from this thread elsewhere.... http://www.fishforums.net/threads/chemistry-of-api-test-kits.323156/ API reckons it measures only NH3, but quite how it manages that is beyond my comprehension. But that is in no way implying that it is wrong, more that I am a doofus. I have had this conversation many times, and have never had a response that either I understand, or agree with, but again that doe not imply or suggest that the API is wrong, though I would still reckon that it may be insensitive compared to the Seneye Doodah, but only at low levels which likely do not matter.??
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    API ammonia failure???

    Would you have any suggestions as to what to look for with Ammonium? Ammonium Nitrate is hard to get, especially in Ireland I guess, as it can be made into explosives I think. Maybe the Nitrate would mess the experiment? Actually there are two large bags in a shed at the bag of my place of work. I rent the building from an architect. Why they have 2 large bags of "fertiliser" I do not know. Tempted to go "MythBusters" on it, but I would likely die, so perhaps not. AN-FO I guess not, maybe adding nitrate would mess me up anyway, even if I didn't kill myself by adding diesel for "experimentation"!!! Ammonium chloride then- I read that this dissociates to ammonia and HCL, so probably not good for the tank pH? @Tanki can you recall what Ammonium I should look for? I do see that my tiny tank pH is dropping, so maybe just time for a water change. I did the 3 tests this morning. 4 ammonia, 0 nitrites and zero nitrates. I guess this is more proof of a crashed cycle than a vindication of BioHome ultimate. But I'm going to bumble along until I have some sort of answer. I left the seneye thng in there, and again, it is reading 0.0XX something, yet my API is more blue than green. When I am back at the hospital on Tuesday, I will get a new API kit and test again, need dechlorinator anyway, The local place sells tiny bottles, which are useless even for my not very large tank. So Seneye says 0.034 ammonia, pH at 6.75, which is low for me, and a temp of 17.9 Celsius 64.22F. So tempted to get some diesel for another experiment, anyone have an idea on how to "light" it? Only kidding.
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    I wish I was talented at something - art, music, anything! But no. Guess not everyone can be talented! The keychain is brilliant!
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    API ammonia failure???

    I haven't given up yet, y'all will be be sad to read! I am still confused thought. I added ammonia again to the tank, and got a very green result. The Seneye only reads up to 0.5ppm, and it was obviously above that. So I did a 50% water change, which took my API to yellow, and the seneye to 0.320. And here is my API reading after a 50% water change. I don't understand how the reading could be so far off - I do think that the reading after the 50% would be "closeish" to yellow, but the before one is very seriously green. I need to start again. I calculate that 5 drops of 9.5% ammonia will result in 3.0ppm, and I am going for that with no seneye double checks - after all no-one else uses one, and mainly, I am only actually interested in the resultant nitrate levels after all. To keep things simple, I'm going to call the ammonia concentration 10%, but it is actually 9.5%. But given the tiny tank, there will be dosing errors, as there obviously have been! I'll track added ammonia over the next fortnight, and measure the resultant Nitrates. I wish I had never thought of this.
  9. If we had to look down the tube, I would agree @Kassousminou, but as we need to look across the tube, I reckon that it is just more simple, or profitable for API. Easier than adding another line to the tubes, which to be fair would confuse a lot of people, and using twice the liquid - happy days! That's what I think, but do not know!
  10. Ian

    API ammonia failure???

    I give up. I used an ammonia calculator to determine the required amount of ammonia. Mine is 9.5%. Both API tests read zero. I have tested about 10 times tonight, trying both and swapping one bottle 2 with the other. Nothing but yellow. I added the amount from the calculator on tropical fish forums, using 9.5% ammo, a ten litre tank, which it might be if brimmed. And zero ammo to start. YELLOW. Doubled the dose, Yellow again. Yet the Seneye days 0.5 ppm plus. This is rather perturbing- two test methods so disagree. But as I said, I could smell it in the water, yet no ammonia reading with the API. Two of them. So I guess my experiment is a bust before I got going, but the discrepancy between my 2 test methods is more disturbing. A smelly stinky ammonia level with 2 API ammonia test kits daying Yellow is very worrying to me.
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    API ammonia failure???

    Apparently even my cup is cycled, with no media and no filter, I do not know what is going on!
  12. I have been trying to build up bacteria in a tiny tank for an experiment. 2 days ago I changed the water, and added a calculated amount of ammonia. The API test was yellow. I added double. Still zero. I put a drop of ammonia in a test tube and filled it with tank water. Still got a yellow result. Down at the hospital today, but I do have another api kit which I will try out. I'd have to say that I could smell the ammonia in the tank, yet the Api didn't register anything. I wasn't trying half amounts or anything like that. 5ml. 8 bottle 1. Cap on, mix, then 8 bottle 2. Recap and mix. Yellow. Bit confused. The same water had my Seneye going mental- took it out of the main tank and into at cup of tiny tank's water. It read .5ppm NH3. It reports free NH3 not total. Has anyone knowingly had this before? Test is dated to Dec 2018. I will try the other one.
  13. As a Scottish Man, who was born and grew up in Fife, where Fifers have a reputation of being mean (tight fisted/ unwilling to spend money) - after all copper wire was invented by two scotsmen fighting over a penny Now I live in Cavan Ireland, another place where men are reputedly mean. Just to prove it, here I go. My 11 year old will never stop fiddling and messing with things. She managed to pull who little rubber dampeners off the cover of a cup holder in the car yesterday, while waiting on the school bus. She is always fiddling. So the two pipettes which came with my two API water test kits eventually got lost, burst or otherwise ruined by a person who didn't do it.... I was in the drug store the other day, and thought to ask about new pipettes - it is a big pain to try to fill a test tube correctly with water without one! They didn't have any, but I did get a couple of 5ml syringes - suck out 5ml, and fill the test tube. Happy days. But, why should I put 5ml in, when I could put half of that in, and use half of the number of drops - Ammonia 4 and 4 and Nitrate 5 and 5. Obviously Nitrite 5 drops - it is rather impossible to add half of a drop, and likewise I recall the pH ones are an odd number. GH and KH wouldn't really work either, but at the moment for me the one I am most closely watching is ammonia. Last night using the correct amounts, I had 2ppm Ammonia, No Nitrite, and No Nitrate. So I guess I have a ways to go to get my experiment off and running. Bah.I changed the water, added a drop of ammonia - no reading. Another drop- still no reading. 2 more this morning, still no reading of ammonia. I think there is something wrong with my kit at this point, it is still well in date end of 2018. I think that as a way to save money, as the test tubes are viewed side on, why not use half volumes for those even numbered drop tests?? The syringe cost me 30cents. Try it!
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    What's in your filter?

    I reckon I have just gotten the media cycled - it is/was cycled, but not for the amount of ammonia I was putting in, and it took this long to catch up! But I guess it was dealing with traces of Ammonia, not one part per million. Will check it is zero one more time after 24 hrs, then I'll change the water and add back to 1ppm.I haven't checked nitrites or nitrates at all as yet, but will start to when I change the water. I doubt the claims of the Biohome stuff, but I definitely have no leaks, yet there is often a whoosh of "air" comes out of the fish tank filter. It could just be air - the pondguru does think that nitrogen would be returned to the water as dissolved nitrogen, and it will evolve from there. So it could just be air. One thing I am struggling to get my head around right now - I have said this, as I read it in the almost complete guide to fishless cycling, but... If a fishless cycle required 1 to two parts per million ammonia to get started, and this then converts eventually to nitrite and onwards, why would the nitrates be MASSIVE? yes we need to keep adding ammo, but only enough to keep it at 1 to 2 ppm say, after it is converting. Where does the massive come from? But I am assuming maybe wrongly that NH3 to NO2- to NO3- is a direct one to one to one. Why would nitrates be massive if we didn't add a massive amount of ammonia? We don't have to add any until it begins to fall, maybe not for the first 2 weeks or so..... Each molecule still has one N in it after all. So why doesn't 1ppm NH3/NH4 eventually produce one Nitrate?? It should shouldn't it. Been a long time since I did chemistry, but it surely must? I will check nitrites and nitrates before I change the water also.
  15. Me too, just giving the filter a good tilt on occasions will fix the whooshes, for a while, but I ALWAYS get air coming out of the spraybar, and I have many times checked the intake side for leaks, and cannot find any. My spraybar is underwater pointing upwards, to be quiet, but still agitate the surface - I have no bubblers running at this time, since I removed the gravel, but I also live in a cool climate area, so O2 I think is not a big issue.? 3 Years down the line, and still, having thrown the body accidentally onto the driveway (I tried to empty the water and accidentally threw everything - it slipped and flew:() Still not cracks though!

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