Ammonia Reading

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Applescruff, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Applescruff

    Applescruff Valued Member Member

    i have been waiting several months for my twenty gallon to cycle, about four months . I have a reading of 0.25 ammonia and 0 nitrites and nitrates. The ammonia is not rising above 0.25 even when I go a week without a water change.
    I tested my tap water today and I got a reading of 0.50. The ammonia in my tank is lower than the tap where the water is coming from. Could my tank be cycled?
  2. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    What do you have in the tank (i.e. what fish, any plants)? If it were fully cycled, your ammonia level should drop to 0ppm within 24 hours of performing a water change.
  3. OP

    Applescruff Valued Member Member

    The ammonia reading has never hit zero but close to zero. Could it be close to being cycled? I have several plants and fourteen small fish. Three neons, two platies,
    Three guppies, two Cory’s, two mollies, two Chinese silks.
  4. PhillyKev

    PhillyKev Valued Member Member

    Try a different test kit. maybe getting a false positive?
  5. OP

    Applescruff Valued Member Member

    Test kit is brand new. API
  6. 8

    83jase Valued Member Member

    What's the temp
  7. OP

    Applescruff Valued Member Member

  8. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    If you look at the test tube the wrong way it can look like it’s 0.25 even when it’s 0. Try pointing your phones flashlight at it.

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