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    where do you guys and gals read your water test at inside outside under "led" or what? seems the shade of green in ammoina can vary depends on lighting

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    I put the vial against the white part of the color chart and read it in a well lit room. I've never had a problem reading the ammonia or nitrite tests, yellow and blue are pretty definite, the nitrate can be a bit tricky though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Badger 1 View Post
    I put the vial against the white part of the color chart and read it in a well lit room. I've never had a problem reading the ammonia or nitrite tests, yellow and blue are pretty definite, the nitrate can be a bit tricky though.
    Do you actually hold the tube directly onto the card or hold it a little bit raised?

    Depending on if I hold it on or raise it I get a completely different results. Nitrate in particular, if raised a fraction away from the card I get 20~40. If pressed on it goes the most menacing shade of scarlet which would be indicative of 80~100.

    I've taken to not holding the vial near the card as I just can't work out how close it should be...

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    I hold the TT against the card, outside, in indirect sunlight...

    You can also use the chart here, just hold the TT up close to your monitor: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Downloads.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sligg View Post
    Do you actually hold the tube directly onto the card or hold it a little bit raised?
    I hold the vials directly on the card, like I said, yellow is yellow and blue is blue, any hint of green or purple, no matter how light, water changes are needed. My nitrates stay below 20ppm and I don't have issues with that color card until the 40ppm color on the chart. All of my tanks have been fully cycled for at least a year or more, so I really don't have issues with parameters.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    +1 to 'Holding it directly on the card'

    The type of lighting is likely less important than using a consistent source. Pick a room or a corner of a room or whatever and do it there.. Always.

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    Someday someone will come up with a better testing method especially for us partially colorblind folks..if I didn't have others around to check colors I'd be in trouble.

    Something like a sensor that can simply be put into the water and give a digital reading of water parameters~I'd pay a few hundred bucks for something like this.
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    Someday someone will come up with a better testing method especially for us partially colorblind folks..if I didn't have others around to check colors I'd be in trouble.

    Something like a sensor that can simply be put into the water and give a digital reading of water parameters~I'd pay a few hundred bucks for something like this.
    They have electronic testers.


    I hold my vials against the card under the T5 lights that are on my tank.

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