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Old 03-03-2008, 07:38 PM   #11
 
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Yeah, I forgot to mention that the $23 was with shipping added in so less if you're buying something else too. All in all still a better deal than Petsmart.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:16 PM   #12
 
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do all the test kits test the same things? if not which should i look for?

sorry if these are dumb questions but i know absolutly zip about liquid test kits.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:36 PM   #13
 
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I had a Tetratec Laborette master liquid test kit. It included tests for ammonia, nitrite, ph, kh & gh but not nitrates. So I had to buy an API test seperately for nitrates. But it was a good kit. It included a syringe for drawing water from your tank and 2 vials for testing in. It also included tests for saltwater as well as freshwater but I didn't use those.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:37 PM   #14
 
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Generally they all have tests for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH in the kit. There are additional tests you can buy too(for GH, KH, and other stuff).
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:41 PM   #15
 
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do you have to get the ones for gh and kh too?
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:57 PM   #16
 
Not necessarily. I havekits fo GH and KH, but seldom use them. I generally use them when I'm having some dificulty and need more complete water analysis.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:03 PM   #17
 
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Some of them come with one test, some with 2, some with 4, some with 10 and some with even more. All depends on how complicated you want to get and how many things you want to test.

Stick with these:
ammonia
nitrites
nitrates
GH
KH
pH

API has a kit that has all of them plus a couple. There are other master test kits that do also. Stay away from cheap kits because I have heard that it can sometimes be hard to read the colors.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:31 PM   #18
 
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thanks for all the advice and info guys!
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:08 PM   #19
 
It sure makes me wonder WHY they even make the strips. Glad I went the way of Liquid testing.
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:07 AM   #20
 
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We should try to get API as a sponsor. Then we could convince them to give away test kits as photo contest prizes instead (not the master kit mind you, but the individual ones) :D
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