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It might be easier to help interpret if you had held the tube up to the card and not on your dark counter. But based on what I can see from the photo - which is admittedly not going to be very accurate - your ammonia is high but your nitrates appear to be OK.
 
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It looks like nitrates and ph are good. Your ammonia is still high. It should be bright yellow like the nitrates.
 
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It looks like nitrates and ph are good. Your ammonia is still high. It should be bright yellow like the nitrates.
What should i do to get it wright? I have been reading about how to lower ammonia levels. Add plants. {I have many plants in this 600 Gal. pond] Next :remove 10 to 20 % to the water. [Now i will have a chlorine problem]. Add baking soda and crushed oyster shells. This is very confusing. At first i thought the fish weren't eating there food but they are. Since the pond is only 4 weeks old maybe in time things will level off. I did remove both filters for the winter but i still have an aerator and both waterfalls going. I just worry about the fish dying.
 
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Your pond is looking good Phil, but with the high ammonia readings your fish will be suffering from irritated/damaged gills.
If you're at the 4 week mark, you should almost have an established population of nitrifying bacteria but don't feed the fish any more food until you pond matures more.
The best thing you can do for your fish right now is add a product called "Prime" which will neutralize the ammonia somewhat. Your pond probably needs another 2 weeks before it is safe for the fish. You will need to add the Prime every 48 hours.
You should focus on 4 water parameters right now. Ammonia, Nitrite, PH and Temperature.
Leave everything else alone and don't feed the fish.
The crushed oyster shells you have added will be a safeguard in a sense.
 
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OK My pond is only 600 Gal. Prime is sold in 500ml [2 capfuls per Gal.] Do you think i will need more then that?
 
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Today the Air Temp. is 58.8 The water temp is 55. I added another dose of Prime 7 days ago. I will re test next week.
 
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@420benz - you are confusing us with these water temperature readings. Just a few days ago you said your water temp was 35 degrees - it's gone up 20 degrees? Water cools (and warms) very slowly and steadily compared to air. How are you getting these readings? And again - how deep is your pond?
 
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The pond is only 19" deep It was 27 degrees air Temp. at night when i got the low water Temp's.
 
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