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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-29-2017, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Water parameters test kits and types

Hey everyone, new begginer planted tank hobbyist here. I was wondering what other test kits are accurate and recommended. I know there's the strips and chemical types and some digital stuff too but I'm not sure which methods I should take. Not sure if digital are highly accurate or in need of constant calibrations. I'm want something that is user friendly and accurate and able to check almost everything. If I need to get different kits just to measure a certain thing, so be it.

Any advice or suggestions?
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I'm a fan of the API (Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc) FW Master kit which includes your basic ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, and pH. They also sell a separate GH/KH package. I've never used their phosphate test, but they have one.

Test strips are cheap, but in my experience they can be more inaccurate than most want...
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I use the nutrafin master test kit it's a little more pricey but comes with PH low/high range, ammonia/ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, Iron, Phosphate, Calcium, GH and KH. To be honest I prefer the liquid tests as I find them easier to read but pretty much any test kit including strips will get you close enough to be successful.

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My API Freshwater master test kit works great and I love it. But then I needed to buy the gh/kh kit separately. Later, I bought the phosphate (API) and iron (not from API) kits for the plants. Finally, I bought the calcium and copper kits for the shrimp.

I don't know anything about the nutrafin kit, but if it gets good reviews and your going to have a planted tank, then it might be smart to get all the tests in one package.

I think everyone agrees the test strips aren't as reliable or accurate, and they don't last as long.
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watching... I use a few different brands, JBL, Tetra, API... and they all tell me different things. So I never know which one to believe. I just react to the worst result.

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