API Ammonia Test Kit
Taking a few minutes each week to maintain and monitor aquarium conditions is the key to a healthy aquarium. Tropical fish continually release ammonia into the aquarium through their gills, urine and solid waste. Uneaten food and decaying organic matter also add ammonia to the water. Even small amounts of ammonia stress fish; large amounts of ammonia will kill fish. Ammonia is the number one killer of tropical fish. The API® AMMONIA TEST KIT is mercury-free, salicylate test for fresh and saltwater fish. The AMMONIA TEST KIT tests ammonia levels from 0 to 8 ppm.
Why Test for Ammonia?
Fish continually release ammonia (NH3) directly into the aquarium/pond through their gills, urine, and solid waste. Uneaten food and other decaying organic matter also add ammonia to the water. A natural mechanism exists that controls ammonia in the aquarium/pond – the biological filter. However, as with any natural process, imbalances can occur. So, testing for the presence of toxic ammonia is essential. Ammonia in the aquarium/pond may damage gill membranes, and prevent fish from carrying on normal respiration. High levels of ammonia quickly lead to fish death. Even trace amounts stress fish, suppressing their immune system and increasing the likelihood of disease. Water should be tested for
ammonia every other day when the aquarium is first set up, and once a week after the biological filter has been established (in about 4 – 6 weeks
1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
2. Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #1, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniform drops.
3. Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #2, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniform drops.
4.Cap the test tube & shake vigorously for 5seconds.
5. Wait 5 minutes for the color to develop.
6. Read the test results by comparing the color of the solution to the appropriate Ammonia Color Card (choose either Freshwater or Saltwater. For ponds, use the freshwater color card). The tube should be viewed in a well-lit area against the white area of the card. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of ammonia in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after use.
Note: Do not pour test tube contents back into