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Water testing Help!?

Hi all,

After the sudden death of a shrimp I've decided to invest in a water testing kit/strip, but with so many out there what should i go for?

Don't wanna spend too much its only a small tank. Also i live in the Uk.


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I am new also to the shrimping set up... but what i have seen here and from reviewing a lot of information...

Stay away from the strips... They seem to be not as accurate as the drops (maybe something to do with age/drying out?)

API makes a nice Master test kit for about $25 which does pH, Nitrites, nitrates, and a couple other (it is a 5 in one)
Also, a TDS (total Dissolved Solids) meter (I just ordered one from amazon for about $8 for the Digital readout) Mind you, see what it measures as well... NaCl / Natural water ect... there was a good video on YouTube explaining what it is and what it does.

And then the GH Kh tester (again it runs under $10).
And of course a thermometer (the TDS tester often does temp as well)...

Also, there are several excellent websites you can check... just search for Freshwater Shrimp Guide 101
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With shrimp you will probably want ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, GH, KH, PH. Just make sure what you buy is not expired and you should be good. I prefer the liquid test kits personally I find them easier to read and you get a crap ton more tests out of them.

Added: I use this one but its not the cheapest I can say that: https://www.amazon.com/Nutrafin-Mast.../dp/B0002568FO

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... and ... I may be wrong... I will watch this post for more activity to see if there is better items out there.
This is just what i have read on various sites / messages here and on alot... ALOT of other sites.
And, depending on the type of shrimp you have, it could be any number of issues...

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They're Red cherry shrimp. I originally had 4 then 1 died. Then i purchased 10 more and have a feeing this latest one was from the first batch...
ive read a mix opinions online regards to some of the test strips looks like imma go for a kit


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Anyone tested the Dennerle test strips ? I know the liquid tests are better but i only have a small 27 l tank?


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Anyone tested the Dennerle test strips ? I know the liquid tests are better but i only have a small 27 l tank?


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As long as they are not expired they should get you in the ball park.

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As long as they are not expired they should get you in the ball park.



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Thanks a bunch. I'll go for test strips for now


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You're thinking backwards when it comes to testing requirements and tank size. Smaller tanks have more rapid and severe swings with water parameters. As an example, I would test the parameters in a 5 gallon shrimp tank weekly, while I might only test a 250g once every few months.

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You're thinking backwards when it comes to testing requirements and tank size. Smaller tanks have more rapid and severe swings with water parameters. As an example, I would test the parameters in a 5 gallon shrimp tank weekly, while I might only test a 250g once every few months.

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Completely agree with you there. Im aiming for a bare minimal water change tank. So as long as i dont make any drastic changes it should be fine with test strips.


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How about this http://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/pond-car...615035834.html

Then that only leaves ammonia that is untested for. Surely if i had an ammonia problem they would all die anyway ?


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Not to be argumentative, but what's the problem with just buying the liquid test kits? They're more accurate, and they cost less in the long run. Win-win in my book.

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Not to be argumentative, but what's the problem with just buying the liquid test kits? They're more accurate, and they cost less in the long run. Win-win in my book.

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I understand you're point but unfortunately no kit unless i pay 60 has everything. Also i dont think i'll be using it as often, so il assuming the test strips do just as well and are cheaper.


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What about this one?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00...9FL&ref=plSrch

Then all you will need is the gh/Kh test for like $10.

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What about this one?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00...9FL&ref=plSrch

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Yeah thats an alternative to the strip one i have mentioned above. However this one doesnt measure chlorine. Are both important to measure ?


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You don't need to worry about chlorine. If you have municipal water, treat it with Prime before adding to your tank. That is the only source of chlorine you should ever have.

Also, by the time you would have enough chlorine or chloramine in your tank to test, all of your livestock would be dead or dying.

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You don't need to worry about chlorine. If you have municipal water, treat it with Prime before adding to your tank. That is the only source of chlorine you should ever have.

Also, by the time you would have enough chlorine or chloramine in your tank to test, all of your livestock would be dead or dying.

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If thats the case then i'll bite the bullet and get the master test kit but Isnt that the same for ammonia ? Or even most of the things you test for?


Apologies if some of these questions basic, im a new to this.


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