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Angry API test tubes...

Well I dunno if anyone else is having issues but I find these things to be a PITA. I'm not exceptionally clumsy, but I've broken 3 out of 8 tubes already... and one came smashed in the mail. So I only got 4 left which makes testing even more so a pain in the arse. They're also pretty hard to clean and dry, so far haven't found an easy way to brush them clean. Some times they get stained, and sometimes the caps are not sealant. And they don't come with a holder and that makes it worse. Discuss please. Any easy fixes/ideas?

Where can I get glass generic 5mL test tubes with corks?

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They do break easily and are impossible to clean.
Thats why I changed to JBL testing kits. Much better

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I just rinse mine 3X with tap water as soon as I'm done testing and let them sit upside down to drain. I have noticed if I leave the testing agent in the tube for too long, it will stain the glass.
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Pick up a couple Sera test kits ASAP. The giant (by comparison) tubes they use are much more sturdy and you don't have to cap them to shake for good test results. Just swirl for a few seconds.

(I use API liquids with Sera tubes - with the exception of GH & KH, Sera is better for hardness)
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I bought A set of api test tubes (24 count) so i have a lot. During the process of cycling 3 shrimp tanks it made testing water params easy as i didnt have to wash test tubes until i was finished with all 3 tanks. I also bought a test tube rack off of amazon for like $7 shipped to hold all my test tubes. I clean my test tubes as soon as possible using tap and they are all staying very clean. (No brush needed)
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the only thing that bothers me is that the lids don't seal when shaking
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API test tubes...

Dany08fa, what a great idea! I'm on Amazon looking for a rack now. Just found the 24 count on there too, sweet.
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I bought A set of api test tubes (24 count) so i have a lot. During the process of cycling 3 shrimp tanks it made testing water params easy as i didnt have to wash test tubes until i was finished with all 3 tanks. I also bought a test tube rack off of amazon for like $7 shipped to hold all my test tubes. I clean my test tubes as soon as possible using tap and they are all staying very clean. (No brush needed)
^^This.

You also get extra tubes when you have to buy other (replacement) test kits. I usually have to get more ammonia and nitrate kits, because I have 6 tanks, one bowl and a pond.

This is the test tube rack I got from Amazon. I paid more for the frigging shipping than I did the rack, because I didn't *need* anything else from Amazon at the time.

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As for the discoloration from leaving the water in too long, a spout brush and some rubbing alcohol removes it.

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Any easy fixes/ideas?
Yes, stop testing. Seriously, though, what in the world do you guys need to test all the time?

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I got a bunch of heavier glass ones from my son's old chemistry set and stole the holder as well. An easy holder is just taking a block of styro-foam...

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A lot of us have severe cases of Multiple Tank Syndrome and monitor parameters toward the final week of our usual 4-5 week "cycles" for new tanks.

And many keepers of sensitive shrimp like to keep a handle on parameters once per week. Especially those new-ish to the hobby. Those of us who aren't new to the hobby often test new batches of water we're mixing up to make sure we've maintained proper GH. Depending upon the remineralization product one uses, concentrations can fluctuate from use to use or measure to measure. So testing can become added insurance.

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Yes, stop testing. Seriously, though, what in the world do you guys need to test all the time?
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Yes, stop testing. Seriously, though, what in the world do you guys need to test all the time?
Some of the times I feel a need to test are when I add livestock, do a major rescape of the tank, add or move plants from tank to tank, or observe odd behavior from the fish or shrimp. I also keep a weekly watch on my new pond through testing.

And then there are those times when folks come to get advice on forums such as this, and the first question (if the answer is not supplied in the original post) is, what are your tank parameters?

I guess the OP may have intended this thread for all of us who are obsessive testers, huh?
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I use a syringe instead of a test tube.

I fill it to the 2.5ml mark and then use 1/2 the drops so my 90 test kit becomes a 180 test kit

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I turned (2) 55 gallon tanks into a big science/biology experiment for my kids. Testing just validates what is actually going on. There are so many different lessons to be learned and gives me a good excuse to keep buying different plants/setting up multiple tanks...all in the name of science...lol

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