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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-17-2007, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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What is your favorite test kit?

I've been reading here for awhile, and trying to offer what little knowledge I have when I can. Many of you have way more knowledge and experience when it comes to planted tanks that I will some day acquire, course by then you'll still have more.

Anyways, I always see the questions ask, what does your phosphate test as? What does you iron test as? However, I have yet to see anyone recommend a specific kit, testing agents, etc. etc.

So whats your favorite test kits? Or brand of reagents?
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I prefer meters, but I do have and use some test kits.

I have pH, TDS and ORP meters.

I have the AP Master test kit plus Gh, Kh and Calcium.

I also have the Seachem Iron and, I think, Phosphate test kits.

About the only test kits I use these days are Nitrate, Gh and Kh. I just added an emersed plant filter, so I've been checking nitrates. I've been adding 100% RODI water, so I checked the Gh and Kh last week. Before that I hadn't testing anything for a month or more.

After a while ya just kinda get an idea of what's going on, but I think some test kits are Good to have on hand to help You learn and to check for whatever reason that You may want to check.

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How much are you looking to spend.
The best I have are Lemotte, but they are expensive

I have a Seachem PO4 that is OK, I have also used the Hagen PO4 that is also decent

For PH, KH I use the AP test kit
GH I use a tetra


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I would have thought this would have gotten more response. I use the AP freshwater Master kit for the usuals, GH, KH, Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates.

I have never really tested for anything else, as right now, I pretty much stick with very simple plants. Anacharis, Amazon swords, spiral vals, and Cabomba.

I'll look at the LaMotte kit. I was looking at the Nutrafin master test kit also.



edit: corrected spelling due to not knowing how to spell LaMotte correctly

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Test kits?

We don't need no stinkin' test kits.

And it's LaMotte.
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