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Just realized my api test kit expired in 08 😬.. 12 years ago so I am in need of a new test kit. What would you guys recommend?

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Just realized my api test kit expired in 08 😬.. 12 years ago so I am in need of a new test kit. What would you guys recommend?
What parameter(s) are you interested in measuring?
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Just realized my api test kit expired in 08 😬.. 12 years ago so I am in need of a new test kit. What would you guys recommend?
What parameter(s) are you interested in measuring?
Just your basic parameters that you get in the standard Api master test kit +kh/gh

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Just your basic parameters that you get in the standard Api master test kit +kh/gh
I'll just list my favorites:

NO3: Salifert (good precision in the 5-20 ppm range and easy to use)
PO4 (<=3 ppm): Hanna low-range colorimeter (highest precision) or Salifert
PO4 (>3 ppm) : API
K: Salifert (good precision up to, at least, 50ppm), JBL is acceptable
GH/KH: API or Sera (modified: use 5x the water, then divide results by 5)
KH (highest precision): Hanna colorimeter (used mainly at very low KH levels, such as <1 dKH)
Ca: API (modified: 50 ml sample water, add 20 drops of reagent #1, each drop of reagent #2 = 2ppm)
Mg: easily derived from the formula: (GH ppm – 2.5 x Ca ppm) / 4.1
Iron: Nutrafin (may be labeled under the Fluval name)
Total ammonia: Salifert
PH: use a pen such as Hanna or Apera

For the modifed test, mentioned above, larger test tubes need to be purchased, such as this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Just your basic parameters that you get in the standard Api master test kit +kh/gh
I'll just list my favorites:

NO3: Salifert (good precision in the 5-20 ppm range and easy to use)
PO4 (<=3 ppm): Hanna low-range colorimeter (highest precision) or Salifert
PO4 (>3 ppm) : API
K: Salifert (good precision up to, at least, 50ppm), JBL is acceptable
GH/KH: API or Sera (modified: use 5x the water, then divide results by 5)
KH (highest precision): Hanna colorimeter (used mainly at very low KH levels, such as <1 dKH)
Ca: API (modified: 50 ml sample water, add 20 drops of reagent #1, each drop of reagent #2 = 2ppm)
Mg: easily derived from the formula: (GH ppm – 2.5 x Ca ppm) / 4.1
Iron: Nutrafin (may be labeled under the Fluval name)
Total ammonia: Salifert
PH: use a pen such as Hanna or Apera

For the modifed test, mentioned above, larger test tubes need to be purchased, such as this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Appreciate it, I will check them out. Also, is there any way to get notifications about something you have posted? I never know when I get a response on a post leading to me often responding late or not at all

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There are a lot of limitations with mobile, is one of them me being unable to adjust this? I can't find this

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On mobile its difficult and I havnt found many of the tools in it. For instance on my computer I can see when someone quotes me or gives a like, these notifications are not on my mobile. Have not tried to hard as I am only on mobile on the weekends, during the week I have my laptop which I much prefer over the phone.


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There are a lot of limitations with mobile, is one of them me being unable to adjust this? I can't find this
If you are on Android, click on the 3 dots at the top right. Look for a check box that says Request Desktop Site. This will give you the same looking site as what the Laptop users see.


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If you are on Android, click on the 3 dots at the top right. Look for a check box that says Request Desktop Site. This will give you the same looking site as what the Laptop users see.
This is what I get when I click on the three dots in the top right.. also there are some strange ads
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This is what I get when I click on the three dots in the top right.. also there are some strange ads
If there are 3 lines on top left then click that, and on bottom on mine it says "Exit Enhanced Mobile View" Maybe this is what you need

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