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 pussy 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?