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Lightbulb API freshwater test kit cheat sheet

Here is a cheat card I made for the API Freshwater Masters liquid test kit. I’m posting it up for others who might find it useful. It is printable size to fit right into the box, I would laminate it or use packaging tape to water proof. I found it annoyed flipping pages through in the included instructions booklet, so this has cut down my testing times in half. Also included are KH and GH test instructions with chart. Below is a tracking chart for people to use to monitor water parameters.






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Awesome! Thank you for this! Printing it right now!
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Forgot to add this tracking chart for people to use to keep monitor water parameters.

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That is great! Thanks for sharing.
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NP, Glad it is useful!
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Thanks. This is great. Since I lost the instruction book I only tested water once..
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Just curious. On the Kh and GH step #2 is it supposed to read completed or competed? Thanks for this, very useful.

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Great idea! I test so infrequently I forget the process. Not to mention after awhile of abuse the direction pages get stuck together. I can't be the only one .
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Great idea! I test so infrequently I forget the process. Not to mention after awhile of abuse the direction pages get stuck together. I can't be the only one .
Do the test kits not come with the cards any more? And did they stop putting the directions on the bottles?

Maybe my tests are just old

Then again I did buy all my test separate, the LFS I bought them from didn't stock the master kit. The tests I bought came with laminated cards (1&7/8" X 3&1/4") that I put together, punched a hole with a hole punch and hung them on a key ring. The test instructions are on the back. I know the colors are the same from all the charts I've seen posted on here
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Jmelvin- Good eye! I’ll make changes and have that “competed” tonight.

FatherLandDescendant- The master test comes with a shabby 20 page mini booklet and the instructions are long. The KH and GH come with a thin folded instruction sheet. I’m sure the older ones came with nice laminated cards, but now a days it feels that everyone it penny pinching.
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Just curious. On the Kh and GH step #2 is it supposed to read completed or competed? Thanks for this, very useful.
Done, made the change and reposted it up top.
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FatherLandDescendant- The master test comes with a shabby 20 page mini booklet and the instructions are long. The KH and GH come with a thin folded instruction sheet. Iím sure the older ones came with nice laminated cards, but now a days it feels that everyone it penny pinching.
A month ago Fosters and Smith sent me a high range ph test kit on accident, it had the card as well, makes me wonder if it's just with the master test kit they send what you describe. Wonder if anyone who has recently bought a single kit will chime in? No matter to me though, I'll just keep my cards

The GH/KH kit I got also had just a paper sheet but 1 drop shake, 1 drop shake, until it changes color, who needs instructions for that...
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A month ago Fosters and Smith sent me a high range ph test kit on accident, it had the card as well, makes me wonder if it's just with the master test kit they send what you describe. Wonder if anyone who has recently bought a single kit will chime in? No matter to me though, I'll just keep my cards

The GH/KH kit I got also had just a paper sheet but 1 drop shake, 1 drop shake, until it changes color, who needs instructions for that...
Clearly you have no use for the chart, I created this to help myself and other like me that have the API Masters Test set. The GH/KH chart has the conversion rate from dKH to ppm, I for one like to use ppm in my journals. Besides by 1 and 0 I canít multiply 17.848 in my head.
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Clearly you have no use for the chart, I created this to help myself and other like me that have the API Masters Test set. The GH/KH chart has the conversion rate from dKH to ppm, I for one like to use ppm in my journals. Besides by 1 and 0 I canít multiply 17.848 in my head.
Wasn't trying to be condensending, sorry if if came off that way. I just wondered that the master kit that everybody buys doesn't have the cards that's all. Of course one could replace their test when they need to with the individual test kits instead of the master one and get the cards, which hold up better than the paper sheets that you guys have been saying are in there.

As for the journal sheet, I understand making one up. I myself have a excel workbook for my tank. It tracks all the water quality parameters month to month, my weights for dry ferts, and keeps track of how much money I spend on my tank with seperate fields for fish, plants, equipment and another that combinds the three for a total yearly spending. It's quite simplestic in its' construction, but helps keep track of all the important stuff in one place.
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I used a Sharpie marker (fine tip) and wrote on each bottle the number of drops.
Also, on the back of each card are the instructions. I made a little stand that holds several bottles, the cards and the test tubes, all organized. The card is in a slot that stands it up for mixing, then I just turn it around to see the colors.
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