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Good testing equipment?

I went to the LFS tonight and bought a "Master Test Kit." The store is mostly saltwater oriented, but there were a few good looking planted tanks, and the guy running the place sorta seemed like he knew what he was talking about and said the kit would take care of anything that I could possible want to test for, so trusted him and bought the kit. Turns out this "Master" kit only tests PH, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Ammonia. I'm by no means an expert on this stuff, but just from a quick glance at some of the threads on this forum, I know it couldn't take care of the all the parameters that are needed for planted tank. What parameters should I be looking at, and what are some decent (yet economical) test kits?
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You're going to get a lot of questions on test kits. But if you are using CO2, you are certainly going to want a KH kit. And if you are using a full maro fert regimine, you'll want a test for phosphates.

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looks like you still need KH/GH combo kit and Phosphate Po4.

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Some people like to get Fe or Co2 test kits as well, but the Fe(iron) test kits tend to be inaccurate, or so I've heard. The Co2 test kits are pretty useless since you can use the chart as long as you know the KH and pH of your water --- Co2 test kits, in this situation, would only be for verifying the accuracy of your KH/Ph kits and/or if anything else is contributing to the ph/Kh readings...

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I use the Mardel 5-in-1 dipsticks.

Everyone says not to use them, but I for the life of me cannot figure out why. I have compared them to other kits and digital meters and I have found them to be dead-on accurate. Much easier to read as well, especially GH.
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