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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Fert Test Kits

Hey guys (and gals)

I am looking for any ideas on where I can pick up the test kits for the levels for ferts in tanks.

I'm starting to get more serious and just placed an order for some fert goodies and I have seen you guys mention it before...

What kit should I be using, how often should I test (should I do it the way I do my PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate etc...) a few times a week or should I watch it more.

Also where should I look to procure kits as my LFS doesn't have anything outside of the API all in one kits for the general items....

Any help would be appreciated...looking for what I should be looking for and a rough guesstimate on pricing...

Thanks in advance!
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Pretty much all the test kits available to hobbyist aquarium keepers are adequate but not lab quality. There are ways to calibrate these kits, and learning some tricks to using them more accurately will help.

If you cannot find the kits you want locally, look at on line sources such as Drs Foster and Smith, or Big Als. There are many more sites, but these are the places I have found the best pricing on most aquarium supplies.

I would get started with these kits, calibrate them per the instructions here at Planted Tank, and see if they are helpful to you.
If you want to get more precise with the hobby, then look into lab quality testing equipment. These are not usually available at hobby sites, and you may have to google to find them. These are significantly more expensive, and I do not think it is worth it for what I want to do, but some people do want that extra precision. I would not suggest a beginner invest that much money when the hobby quality kits can be used in an efficient enough manner to do what we usually want to do.
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Yea I'm really looking to just make sure I'm not over-dosing you know the difference in getting something that will read along the lines of 1.12509 really is just 1.1 as long as I know that I am not overdoing it is the thing that I want to make sure of, I will check those sites out
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