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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Parameter Test Kits

Hi Everyone,

I have some questions about testing the important planted tank water parameters and hoping for some advice;
  • which are the best test kits (brands, types)
  • which offer the best "bang for the buck"
  • which are most accurate
  • which are easiest and quickest to use
  • what are the favorites of the highly expereinced "gurus"
  • what would be best for someone like myself; I am a relative newb running a 90gal "high tech" tank (ie; high light, pressurized CO2 and regular dosing regime.
To date I have only really tested the basics (ie. KH, GH, PH, Nitrates, ammonia) but would like to begin testing more comprehensively (phosphates, Iron, etc). Water testing is probably my least favorite part of this hobby and as such I have not really done it as often as I would like. I realize the importance of it and I would just like to make it a little quicker and easier without compromising the accuracy of the tests.

I sure would appreciate any tips and advice which I am sure the members here could offer.

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I hope this wasn't a dumb question. I just want to know all the options (if any) beyond the regent drops. I am not chemist I just want the easiest and most accurate way to measure parameters.

Any help would be great.
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I hate seeing questions not answered. I find the basic api drop test work fine for me if you want to get crazy accurate and complicated get salifert but I found for the money API works fine for me. For Ph I use a meter also for co2 but drop checkers are well worth it
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-25-2011, 09:22 PM
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First, none of the test kits at any price are accurate if you don't calibrate them, and that can be difficult. Second, there is little or no reason to do the testing anyway, especially when you don't enjoy doing it. Just dose per a dosing scheme like that described in the sticky and testing isn't needed.

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