I changed Phineas's water fully today because I took the API master kit reading and it said it was .5-1 (hard to tell the difference)
I did a 50% water change two days ago because it was saying .25
Well, after I changed the water, about 5 min. later, I took the Ammonia test again and it is saying .5-1 again - same as before!
I use tap water, water conditioner, washed everything well, 3 gallon heated tank, etc. If you look for my other thread from two days ago you can see more details about his environment.
WHY is it so high?
I got lots of poop (reddish and ***** looking) and some food out of there. Rinsed and rinsed it until the water was clear, etc.
He is now acclimating to the big tank in his little bowl, but I am afraid he will die. He barely moves his gills or swims around unless I bug him or feed him. He will eat still.
Can I get a false reading with that test? Twice?
There are two bottles for it - 8 drops from bottle one, then 8 drops from bottle two - I have noticed that the drops coming out of bottle 2 are much BIGGER than the drops that fall out of bottle one.
Could that skew it?