Properly reading API Master Kit test results Question

Discussion in 'Test Kits' started by BrettXNA, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. B

    BrettXNA New Member Member

    I am a little confused about how to properly read the results from
    the API Master test kit color card.
    Are you supposed to touch the test tube to the color card or hold the
    tube away from the card a bit ?
    The instructions dont seem real clear on this!

  2. Cichlidude

    Cichlidude Valued Member Member

    Just hold it up next to the card and read it.
  3. OP

    BrettXNA New Member Member

    Do you mean the tube should be held in front of the color card ?
    Because I thought there should be a white background behind the
    tube when the color is read.


  4. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    I always hold my test tube to the card so that it has a white background.
  5. peacemaker92

    peacemaker92 Well Known Member Member

    Just dropping by to WELCOME YOU TO FISHLORE! :;hi2
  6. Tigerfishy

    Tigerfishy Well Known Member Member

    I agree with Ken, I hold it just in front of the white card beside the colour blocks.
  7. OP

    BrettXNA New Member Member

    One last question, for clarification.

    When I hold the tube in front of the card,
    should the tube be far enough away from the card
    so the tubes shadow isnt visible through the
    tube ?

    I noticed if the tube was too close
    to the card, its own shadow
    would darken the color, thus causing me more confusion!

  8. Prince Powder

    Prince Powder Well Known Member Member

    I know what you mean! I hold it away from the card so that the shadow doesn't affect the color.
  9. OP

    BrettXNA New Member Member

    I really wish would the manufactures of these tests (esp the test tube types)
    would go into greater detail about properly reading the color to check results.
    As they are now they are kinda vague in some areas.

  10. FLGirl

    FLGirl Well Known Member Member

    Hey, I asked API about it because I had the same question they said...

    and I don't know if this will help but sometimes if it's starting to look like it matches half the card I will hold it up to the bathroom mirror and read it. I'm not sure if its the different perspective or the distance but sometimes it helps me pick the best could just be me though LOL
  11. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    I lay the card on the table in a well lit area and lay the tube on the card next to the color strips. It's much easier to compare colors that way.
  12. FLGirl

    FLGirl Well Known Member Member

    Butterfly I wondered about that too but they didn't say which way. Like if I lay my results down flat I get a reading of much less than if i held it up straight.
  13. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    If you hold it up there may be other colors reflecting through the sample. If you lay it on the white part of the card all you see is the white through it thus giving you a purer color. Just my thoughts.

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