thanks for replying everyone.
i'm using the api freshwater master kit (liquid)
so when i read your responses this morning i did a dose of about 1ppm ammonina. i also did a reading for the nitrites and made me wanna hit myself cuz i was thinking of testing before adding just to see what would happen. nitrite was just shy of 2ppm so i don't know it was that way before i added it or if it went up after i added the ammonia. ugh!
so since i had to get going and do some stuff i just came back and tested pH and high pH. was having a hard time trying to figure out high pH reading so i took a pic. i think it might be 8.0?
and to answer mart's question. no i'm not shaking the bottles to death beforehand unless i'm using the nitRATES bottle #2 like it says to in the direction. am i suppose to be shaking them? it doesn't say to shake them beforehand so i haven't really shaken them. i've maybe gently jiggled it a tiny bit just to swish the liquids around but not every time i use them.