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post #1 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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API Freshwater Master Test Kit the best?

I was reading some things about how to best test my water...I currently have strips that I have been using, but I'm getting low and will need to either purchase more, or a different test kit.

Not sure where I read this exactly, but I read that the API Freshwater Master Test Kit is the best? Is this true? Should I go for this one, or is there a better one out there?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 05:22 PM
Yes. It's the master kit because it comes with a lot of different tests. Pretty much all the ones you need.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 05:34 PM
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yep echo that,and it's easy to use,obviously more to it than the strips
but fun seeing the colour changes in the viles.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 10:50 PM
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I was wondering this also. I own the API liquid test kit and for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, it is very clear. For PH on the other hand, which I've been putting much more attention into monitoring, I find the tests to be very hard to pinpoint. ...and when it's coming down to 7.3 vs 6.9, I find it hard to differentiate. This is the only PH test kit I've had experience with so I don't know if there's better, but maybe someone else has some further input.

Basically I'm trying to see how much my water changes are effecting my tanks PH, and with this test kit it's becoming hard to figure out the details.
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I was wondering this also. I own the API liquid test kit and for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, it is very clear. For PH on the other hand, which I've been putting much more attention into monitoring, I find the tests to be very hard to pinpoint. ...and when it's coming down to 7.3 vs 6.9, I find it hard to differentiate. This is the only PH test kit I've had experience with so I don't know if there's better, but maybe someone else has some further input.

Basically I'm trying to see how much my water changes are effecting my tanks PH, and with this test kit it's becoming hard to figure out the details.
I think the next step up from the drip test kits are digital pH monitors. They are about $100. Have you tried looking at the test results under natural light? It really makes a difference for me.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-16-2012, 12:39 AM
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The API master liquid test kit is definitely the best and is recommened by many on here. The liquid tests are MUCH more accurate than the strips, so the master test kit is more reliable. I use the Master test kit and love it!

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

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API has a good reputation for reliability. Another brand is Sera, more expensive if you can find it (less common in stores) but I have been told it is perhaps a tad better. Then there is the digital monitor of course, as Izzy mentioned.

I empathize on the pH colour, I find it difficult to distinguish between the consecutive colours from 6.4 to 7.2 with the API. I may try the Sera pH kit, haven't yet, just to see.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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