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Old 02-03-2014, 12:25 PM   #31
 
I wonder if smaller LFS that actually have people that actually know about fish (because that's their whole store) will do different testing..
I think the employee actually used the saltwater strips for my freshwater.. It said saltwater on the bottle, but I couldn't see the other side of it to tell if there was also a freshwater side. The colors were all different as well.
He didn't even wait 1 minute, just checked immediately.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:29 PM   #32
 
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Inept or gormless employees are frustrating. Once you get your own test kit, you'll never be at their "mercy" (not the right word) again.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:10 PM   #33
 
Just thought maybe I would try and know for sure using someone else's test kit to confirm my own test results since I wasn't 100% sure.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:37 PM   #34
 
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One reason the larger pet stores use strips is the time factor. When you have several people lined up to get fish, others who need help with reptiles or birds, and someone needs a water test, we don't have 5 minutes for the colors to develop.

To be perfectly honest, the strips are good enough for our purposes - to quickly check if a tank has any glaring issues.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:49 PM   #35
 
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i guess i was lucky with one of my LFS as there used to be a nice
amount of staff(sadly it closed) they only ever seemed to use the
liquid test.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:47 AM   #36
 
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I understand, Snoeflayke. I try not to put down pet-shop employees. Just want the membership to know that having your own test kit is a more accurate way to check your water.
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