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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-24-2016, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Good commercial test kit

You may have seen some of my other postings and will know I'm just starting out and setting up my first planted tank. I'd like to pick up a good, general, moderately cost test kit that will cover all the critical tests. I'm not a scientist, just looking for a tool that will do the job(s)! Is there a decent kit that also includes the GH/KH test, or is that usually a separate test kit? Thanks for any suggestions.
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API freshwater master kit is pretty much the standard and basically sold everywhere. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, high ph, and low ph. All in the kit. $25 to $30 depending. API Gh/Kh is sold seperatly. Any major box store or LFS sells the kits

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Tampa...thanks, that pretty much confirms what I already knew. But with something as esoteric as aquariums/fish I thought maybe "the experts" knew of some other source or kit everyone in the community in the know used. Have a great weekend.
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The API test kit is fine and I keep mine around. Really, you only need to test the GH/KH/PH once unless you are changing something like rocks, substrate or CO2. Other than that, ammonia/nitrite are only needed for cycling unless you have a bad crash. Lastly, the nitrate runs out of use after you find out how much water you need to change and how often to keep nitrate in check (20-40ppm at most).

My point being: Don't worry about them too much as the test kit loses it's value to you as a fish keeper rather quick.

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I'm a total square peg when it comes to test kits as I can't stand API. That being said, I'm also not a expert or 'in the know' however, I like my Seachem test kits. I also use Hagen or Nutrifin.

I've read that Salifert kits are good as well, but I've never used one.
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I also use the API Master kit. My tank has been running for years and is considered a "mature" tank, so Nitrate is the only test that I really need. Since my tank is an established, planted tank, Ammonia and Nitrites are always zero and frankly a waste of time for me to test. In addition, the pH value is visible via the drop checker, so I do not check that either.
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Thanks for all your feed back...actually, I'm happy to hear that testing isn't required as frequently as I thought it would be. Once I'm up and running, the tank is cycled and stable, water changes made on schedule...plants growing...sounds like a "just keep your eye on it" sort of arrangement.
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