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Thread: API Test Colors

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    Hi everyone,
    For those of you who use the API Master Freshwater test kits, please compare the colors on the card that came with the kit to the colors on this online chart: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/downloads.html

    I am most interested in the "freshwater nitrAte" colors, but compare them all...post back here and let me know what you find out

    Thanks very much!

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    hum. I'm glad you posted this. When I compare my API card to the online chart, the 0, 10, 40, and 160 are the only ones that match.
    On my card, the 5 ppm shows slightly tan and there is no discernible difference between the 10 and 20 ppm color or the 40 and 80 ppm color. Makes a person wonder which chart is correct?
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    I noticed to that my card that the 10 and 20 and 40 and 80 are the same color.

    EDIT the nitrites chart is slightly different as well because my 2 ppm and 5 ppm are very similar on the card
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    Makes a person wonder which chart is correct?
    That is precisely the reason for the thread...if there's wide discrepancies in the cards and the chart, then I think that it is important that we find what is going on

    How did the other tset colors compare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenTundra View Post
    I noticed to that my card that the 10 and 20 and 40 and 80 are the same color.

    EDIT the nitrites chart is slightly different as well because my 2 ppm and 5 ppm are very similar on the card
    Then that would lead me to believe that the card is inaccurate, and not the online chart....how would you be able to tell if your trAtes were 10, if 20 is the same color???
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    if you look at the online chart - at least on my screen - for the ammonia the 0 and 0.25ppm colors are nearly the same - that or I am going color blind or my monitor isn't 100% color accurate (more likely) and that is the main issue with using something on a screen when you need it to be color accurate. Best bet is to get the pdf and print it using a color printer to 100% bright white card stock (or better yet photo paper)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Then that would lead me to believe that the card is inaccurate, and not the online chart....how would you be able to tell if your trAtes were 10, if 20 is the same color???
    This is exactly my problem and the reason why I have been using the online charts since I first started. All of my Nitrates boxes look identical so there's no telling one reading from another on my card. My kit was purchased probably about 2 years ago with this misprinted card in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenTundra View Post
    if you look at the online chart - at least on my screen - for the ammonia the 0 and 0.25ppm colors are nearly the same - that or I am going color blind or my monitor isn't 100% color accurate (more likely) and that is the main issue with using something on a screen when you need it to be color accurate. Best bet is to get the pdf and print it using a color printer to 100% bright white card stock (or better yet photo paper)
    I can tell a slight difference, here on my PC monitor at work

    Quote Originally Posted by CrunchyLeaf View Post
    This is exactly my problem and the reason why I have been using the online charts since I first started. All of my Nitrates boxes look identical so there's no telling one reading from another on my card. My kit was purchased probably about 2 years ago with this misprinted card in it.
    Then perhaps it was you, my dear, who alerted me to that fact and pointed me toward the online chart!

    EDIT: saw your post on another thread, it was indeed you!...check your inbox for a nice thank-you prize
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    Any one else?...I realize alot of people are probably at work right now, maybe you can check when you get home...I'd like to get a good size sample for this
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    I'll for sure check when I get home later...but my charts in the nitrate box have been the same for 7 years...and I know the colors on the online are different than my charts! Sheesh!!

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