all dip in test strips for me get the same results, i used mardel 5 in one and i got 6.8, just like you. With API liquid i get 7.4. Im going with the 7.4 since technically lake michigan water (the water that comes out of my tap) is a hard water lake.dhiggins said:which is most accurate, liquid or test strips? when I test with Wardley's liquid drops I get an 8.4 alkaline result. When I test with Quick Dip 5 tests in 1, I get a 6.8 neutral result. any suggestions??