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sweetwaterarabians 08-03-2007 04:45 PM

Best testing kits
What types of test kits work the best. I've been using the Quick Dip test that test 5 ways and everything looked good until recently it was showing that my Nitrite was in the "caution" box. I pulled out my other test kit that tests just the Nitrite and it tested 0. Very confusing if they test different. Maybe the strips aren't as accurate. Has anyone else had this problem and which tests have worked best for you?

cullens089 08-03-2007 04:49 PM

i just bought this kit called API (aquarium Pharmaceuticals.) cost me 30$ but seems like a good testing kit its not the strips thats why i bought it cause i herd that the strips are inconsistent.

leifthebunny 08-03-2007 06:32 PM

API or other liquid tests are more reliable than the test strips. I use API myself.

willow 08-03-2007 06:45 PM

i use nutrafin liquid.
there seems to be quite a few people on the net
these days that say the dip strips are not very good.

sweetwaterarabians 08-03-2007 06:55 PM

this is good
This has been very helpful to me so far. I was using the test strips because it was so easy to just dip and do them all at once but it looks like the old fashioned way is the best. I just ran out of test strips so I won't be wasting my money on those again.

fish_4_all 08-03-2007 08:15 PM

When I used my test strips everything was ok for a while then my nitrates showed to be 80ppm or higher. I was doing water changes for 3 weeks, 3x a week trying to get them back down and I finally got tired of it. Toook my water to the LFS, did a test right in front of them and they did an API liquid test. My dip test showed 120ppm nitrates, the API showed 20. Same with phosphates and pH. Both were off and almost imossible to test right with the strips. I did get better readings when I cut the strips into seperate sections but they still read 50-200% higher.

HERE is the one that was recommended the most when I was asking. I also think that the Red Sea phosphate test is the more accurate or poosibly the easier to read to get more accurate results but I don't see why it owuld be needed.

I currently use API and have been ver happy with it except for the GH test because I can't hardly see the color change and never could really, my wife usually does the seeing on that one.

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