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What is the best, most accurate and cheapest test kit available

If I was to buy a Nitrate, GH/KH, Phosphate and Iron test kit, which brand/type is the best?
I did a search through the forum and couldnt find an answer.
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IMHO, the best hobby test kits are made by Hach and LaMotte. Due to their accuracy, they are also the most expensive. If you want to go with the best, that's the way to go. You should verify the accuracy of any kit with known solution(s), especially if you go with the cheaper kits. As far as gh/kh goes, it's a simple titration, and most kits will give you decent results. I wouldn't bother spending money on an iron test kit, not worth it.

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Thanks.

I will get a LaMotte for the Nitrates and Phos.

When I test for KH/GH though, I always come up with clear to yellow right away, although its supposed to turn from blue to yellow. It could just mean I have super soft water.

With what substance can I test my KH/GH kit?
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It could just mean I have super soft water.

With what substance can I test my KH/GH kit?
It is probably just that!

You can use baking soda to check your test kit.


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It is probably just that!

You can use baking soda to check your test kit.

So you mean add baking soda to the test water and test again to see if it goes up right? (Just to make sure I understand)

Also, does the hardness need to be raised slowly or can you just raise it to the target area in one water change/addition?
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Search for baking soda on this board, you will find how many tsp will raise kH by how much in how much water. So you could for example fill a 5 gal bucket, dissolve enough bs to raise kH to 5 or 10, then measure again to see if your test kit is correct.

I have rock-hard water, so I am not up to date on the specifics, but I would always err on the safe side and raise the kH up in steps, maybe if it is zero raise it to 2 with one WC, then to 4 on the next.

Of course, if you don't use CO2 injection or are breeding chocolate gouramies then there is no real reason to raise the kH at all

Also, sometimes ppl here sell "used" LaMotte and such test kits, you can buy the test chemicals separately and perhaps save some money there, if you'd like.


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