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Take A Picture of your test strips PLEASE

yeah... i KNOW that these test strip are very inaccurate, but I had some from my previous fish tank and wanted to compare/take any suggestions on the type of shrimp I'm doing.

Heres a picture of a quick dip this morning.

I'm doing Red Rili's and CRS S/S+ Grade.

I also tested the water in the CRS's bag (Kordon Breather Bag) that they came in.
Not too sure bc of being shipped and with all the stressed, that it changed the water's parameters.

Water that CRS came in is to the LEFT <--
My water is too the right -->

I hope that they will adjust to my water parameters..

And I know i still need to get my TDS meter in. Its coming in next week wednesday.

IF ANYONE ELSE HAS TEST STRIPS , WOULD YOU MIND TAKING A PIC, POSTING WHAT SHRIMP YOU HAVE, AND POSTING IT ON HERE?

Any help/tips are much appreciated.
Thanks everyone.
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Taking a picture of a test strip will do nothing for you, even a different digital camera will turn an Orange reading into a dark red.

That said, test strips aren't just a little inaccurate, they are wildly inaccurate. It could tell you there's 300 ppm of KH, when in reality you have a kh of 0. They are about as accurate as a taste or smell test. My recommendation for you is to spend 30 dollars, get a master liquid test and a GH/kh kit. Either that, or start estimating your parameters by rubbing some water between your fingers to get a good feeling of the parameters.
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I might add that your test strip looks exactly like mine when they went bad. I left them open, and they always gave me those results. When I checked nitrates with liquid, I found that they were ~40ppm instead of 5-10.


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Taking a picture of a test strip will do nothing for you, even a different digital camera will turn an Orange reading into a dark red.

That said, test strips aren't just a little inaccurate, they are wildly inaccurate. It could tell you there's 300 ppm of KH, when in reality you have a kh of 0. They are about as accurate as a taste or smell test. My recommendation for you is to spend 30 dollars, get a master liquid test and a GH/kh kit. Either that, or start estimating your parameters by rubbing some water between your fingers to get a good feeling of the parameters.
I think this is going to be my new method of water testing... just give it a little rub between the fingers

You could even test viscosity at the same time!!!
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So I could have rubbed it between my fingers instead of putting a drop on my tongue and tasting it??? Dang

Yeah test strips are bad juju. Dont get correct results at all.

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I should not make fun of test strips...I will admit that for my first 6 months or so I used them...they were cheaper than an API test kit...
They aren't cheaper when you break it down. You can get WAY more tests out of liquid API tests than you can those strips, plus they are more accurate. You can get API Master Test Kits for $20 online that have Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH and High PH range. I've got a separate Copper test, GH/KH test (those came together) and a TDS meter. Every single test, test kit, AND the TDS pen combined were less than $50.

Now I will say this, API Ammonia test isn't quite accurate because it reads total ammonia instead of free ammonia. I use Seachem Ammonia test for more accurate results.
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