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Is this a good test kit?

I found a master test kit that tests everything I think Im going to need to test for such as Nitrates, Phosphates, PH, Hardness, and Calcium etc... Is this test kit accurate?

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...tegory_id=3087

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I've never used that kit, but from what I've read the best thing about it is the nice box it comes in (in other words, it's inaccurate).
If someone who uses it, and likes it, please let me know.

AP (Aquarium Pharm.) make a master test kit.
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=3233;pcid2=

The ones I use religiously are:
pH - AP
kH - AP
Nitrate - SeaChem (I don't think the AP one is very accurate)
Phosphate - SeaChem

Ammonia, and Nitrite have basically sat there since I used heavy fast growing stem plants to cycle.

gh I test once a month just to see if things have changed (my tap seems stable).

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Its made by Hagen so I figured it would be a good brand.
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Hagen is good. I hate test kits..I rarely use them myself. But I suppose it's good to have in case there's a problem..but by the time you use them they're old, expired, or potentially unreliable..so I say what's the point? In anycase, hagen is good, AP is good too. Used them both, as reliable as they can be.

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I found a master test kit that tests everything I think Im going to need to test for such as Nitrates, Phosphates, PH, Hardness, and Calcium etc... Is this test kit accurate?

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...tegory_id=3087

Thanks,

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I've used it. I've used many others. I didn't love it. It's a bit more annoying to work with and I'm not so sure that the color interpretations are any easier than with APs "cheapy" master test kit.

With APs, if you look at the sample immediately after adding the reagent and compare it to the color chart (for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate) and then again after the prescribed times, you can get a really "good feel" about the levels of each based on the color change over time. Other AP tests are easier. Just be careful on the pH test. Try to read it in daylight as opposed to incandescent or really white flourescent light...but, you're going to have these color comparison problems with most kits.

Hold the sample to the side of the color charts against the white background. If you are still having trouble matching the sample to the colors, hold the tube upright with the white card under it and look down into the tube.

I use AP exclusively now. Hope this helps. BTW, I have no financial interest in AP.
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I have used AP exclusively in the past. As mentioned, the pH tests can be difficult to decipher. I eventually bought a Coralife/Hanna ph probe.

I recently purchased the Seachem kits...and then a Hagen GH/KH. I like the Hagen. If I had to choose one over the other, it would be AP.

I say buy it and use the heck out of it. The reactants last about a year or so...then they lost their accuracy in some cases. If you don't like the Hagen kit, then start phasing them out.

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