API ammonia color?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by lfabb, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. lfabb

    lfabb Valued Member Member

    I feel incredibly dumb but I cannot figure out if the ammonia reading is 0 or 0.25 ppm. It's not yellow but not quite greenish either. It's this yellow with a baby touch of green?? I want to do a water change if it's .25 but I really can't tell! If it were 0 would it be truly a clear yellow? I've got a 0 nitrite reading and 15-20 nitrate reading.
  2. Bithimala

    Bithimala Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, 0 will actually be an obvious yellow (assuming that you don't have any issues seeing colors). If it's not green enough to be .25, it's probably like .1 or .15
  3. OP

    lfabb Valued Member Member

    Thank you!
  4. SuzanaBanana

    SuzanaBanana Valued Member Member

    I hightly suggest to look at the colors againt a white light (makes it easier to read)
  5. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    With it reading that low, I wouldn't worry about doing a water change at this point. Depending on water temp and pH, some of that ammonia is actually non toxic ammonium, so the amount of ammonia that your fish may be exposed to would be very small.

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