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Accurate Nitrate test?

API Master test doesn't cut it.
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API Master test doesn't cut it.
I think it works fine for what I need it to do (and has for years). I'd agree that if a very precise (e.g. lab) measurement was required, it would be a problem.

I have high nitrates in my well water so I filter through API Nitra-Zorb in a converted API Tap Water filter (then through an inline carbon filter). I pre-filter water for water changes and as I near 200g, I test getting a yellow result, then recharge (with salt water) as soon as the test begins to yield slightly orange. For the tanks, yellow/orange = good, orange/RED = bad. So for me anyway, it's accuracy is more than sufficient to measure nitrates for the intended purpose.

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Water testing kits are pricey and really not needed. If you're cycling a tank for the first time, then use the testing strips. Tetra has a good product. If the tank is already up and running for several weeks, then just remove and replace most of the tank water weekly. This will guarantee a steady water chemistry and you won't need to test the water at all. If you're keeping basic fish from the pet store like 99 percent of us do, then the regular, large water change is all that's needed to keep the fish healthy.

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For the tanks, yellow/orange = good, orange/RED = bad.
Very similar to my stop light approach.

Yellow = immediate need to dose.
Orange = moderate dosing.
Red = Water change.


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