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Unhappy What is a GOOD master kit for Freshwater?

I am trying to put together an 75 gal aquarium, and I need a GOOD Test kit for my aquarium. I am trying not to buy several different kits for different measurments. Any ideas?
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I bought the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals master test kit. But I also had to buy a kH/gH, and phosphate test kit seperately. I spent a total of $30.

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As with many things, for really good test kits, you're going to have to pay quite a bit more.

LaMotte and Hach are the top of the line test kits that are probably the best you can get without getting into lab quality stuff.

They have a higher initial cost but the re-fills (at least for the LaMotte) seem reasonable.

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So far I not will to spend the big money on test kits, so I buy the cheap ones and toss them if they don't work. So far these are what works for me:

Aquarium Pharm - Ph and Kh, easy to read - Gh trash
Res Sea - CO2, PO4, Fe, easy to read - O2 trash
Hagen - NO3 trash
Mardel 5 - 1 dip strips, NO3, NO2, Kh, Gh, easy to read, Ph trash

It's hard to find a single company that does well in all departments, IMHO.


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You figure if you use the test kits, and have to test them, does not negate the reason to use them to some degree?

I've never had issues with Lamott/Hach, but some cheapy's seem to worjk well enough, certainly not something I'd want to use doing a lot of testing with, but folks seem to do well enough.

Dosing is not a precise act.
So having precise test kits is not really needed to a large degree unless you want to know specific precise uptake rates etc.
You get what you pay for as rule with test kits.

Lamott/Hach are easy to use and easier to read.

I don't tell folks to buy test kits anymore and haven't for a few years other than pH, KH.

Even those are debatable, many use bubbles per second for CO2.

So....

But some folks like testing and seeing. Most don't and it does make things more complicated for many. It cost more. Folks sometimes over rely on their test measurements and lose the primary focus, growing plants.

Test kits often lie and are inaccurate, plants/algae never lie and are my test kits. I use high quality test kits to back the plant observations.
This way I am at a high level of confidence in my measurements.

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