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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Test Kits

Could someone give me the names of some test kits that are easy to read and reliable? Thanks in advance. Cate
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 11:49 PM
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API is probably the most common.

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API is the cheapest, salifert, Red Sea, nurtafin, seachem are a few others. Generly for the ranges and lack of needing exact numbers API is used in freshwater.
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Sorry I forgot to mention I was freshwater. Anyway, thanks for the help.
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post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-14-2017, 10:49 AM
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Api Master liquid freshwater test kit, costs vary I got mine for $35.00 can probably find then cheaper, don't use strips they are inaccurate.

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For ease... there are digital ones... the hanna testers...
hannainst.com or something like that... but... they are around $50 USD each...

it is still add a drop, shake, wait type, but it does the determination of results for you...

I use the API master kit with a TDS tester and API GH/KH test kit as well

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Seachem, Red Sea and Nutra Fin.

I have nothing but hate for API test kits. Their nitrate kits are a joke. I've put bottles in the dryer ( on fluff cycle) to 'shake' them and it's still wrong. Their ammonia kits have killed my fish in the past by not registering ammonia, and when cycling, their nitrite kits don't measure nitrites correctly.
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API work well if you follow the directions.
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LOL! I must not be the only one that 'can't follow directions' as there are endless posts around here talking about how people dose their tanks daily and keep showing zero nitrate readings. There are less than a handful of regular members around here that could actually get zero nitrate readings daily after dosing ferts 5-6 days a week.
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Water testing with test kits that do no cause tennis elbow or do not work properly is much less expensive when they are done with a good kit to begin with. There are plenty to choose from.
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Seachem, Red Sea and Nutra Fin.

I have nothing but hate for API test kits. Their nitrate kits are a joke. I've put bottles in the dryer ( on fluff cycle) to 'shake' them and it's still wrong. Their ammonia kits have killed my fish in the past by not registering ammonia, and when cycling, their nitrite kits don't measure nitrites correctly.
Lol you're the first person I have ever heard say this, you shake bottle #2 for 30 seconds the dryer isn't a strong enough shake to mix the crystals, shake bottle 2 by hand as hard as you can for 30 seconds add drops from bottle 1 cap tube lightly shake, add drops from bottle 2 shake for 1 min let sit for 5, I believe about 95% of all aquarium keepers use api and believe you me I have never had a fish die from a bad ammonia reading, maybe you're not doing the test right as you have to hold the bottles straight up and down into the tube I believe it's user error/out of date bottles.

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LOL! I must not be the only one that 'can't follow directions' as there are endless posts around here talking about how people dose their tanks daily and keep showing zero nitrate readings. There are less than a handful of regular members around here that could actually get zero nitrate readings daily after dosing ferts 5-6 days a week.
I dose every other day and have 30ppm alot of factors can come into play as well if the tank is full of plants that are nitrate hogs could be one reason.

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Water testing with test kits that do no cause tennis elbow or do not work properly is much less expensive when they are done with a good kit to begin with. There are plenty to choose from.
To each their own I won't change

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I should also mention ive had my water tested by lab grade analytical equipment from my buddy in college the api test kit was almost right on the money, I had zero ammonia zero nitrite my api test kit showed 40ppm nitrate but it was 32 (could be me cause it's hard to differentiate between the different shades of orange for me) can't remember all the other tests kh/gh/phosphate etc etc

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