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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2008, 11:20 PM
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How does this look?

Ok I just bought one of those 6 in 1 test strips and here is what my readings were before my 50% water change.

Nitrate - 40ppm
Nitrite - o
Gh - 150
Chlorine - 0
Kh - 120
PH - 6.8 (this is according to the strip, not the drop checker, so I assume the strip is off.)

Thoughts, suggestions?

Do you guys suggest dipping that stick into some of my tap water to see how the water going into my tank is?

Should I run another test tomorrow morning after the new water gets adjusted?
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Rick- I'm sorry to say, those strips are notoriously unreliable. The drops are what you want to go by. Just do pay attention to the expiration date on the drops, as well...





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Really? They don't work well?

So do they make drops for GH, and KH?

I know that Dr's office's use strips just like these. Do they really not work?
 
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Really? They don't work well?

So do they make drops for GH, and KH?

I know that Dr's office's use strips just like these. Do they really not work?
They sure do. I have a kit made by API.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&pcatid=13521

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I use the API master freshwater testing kit
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Ok - so the strips are really that bad?

Are they WAYYY off, or just a little?
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I have never tried them, only in science to test the PH of our spit (it is neutral) but I prefer using the master kit because you have to add it yourself, and the strips are made by machines, machines can have glitches....
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Ok - so the strips are really that bad?

Are they WAYYY off, or just a little?
I wouldnt consider them accurate at all.

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