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Old 05-18-2012, 05:57 PM   #1 
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Test strips?

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I was wondering if anyone could recommend a brand of test strips that are both effective and somewhat cheap.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #2 
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From what I have read here, it is generally thought that the test strips are very inaccurate.

I know that it costs more initially, but the API Freshwater test kit is actually a great value. If you look at how many tests you get, you get a LOT more with the liquid test kits. 10 or less strips is not a lot of tests, and you will pay a good bit for just a few strips. At least the strips were pricey at my local pet stores. I believe that you get "over 80 tests" with the API kit. So, it will last a long time!

Anyway, that is what I know. Maybe someone else will know more about the strips. But again, from what I have read, the strips are really not accurate.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:19 PM   #3 
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I googled the API test kit and got bombarded by many results. Would the master test be best? what tests do I actually need and which(if any) are irrelevant.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:21 PM   #4 
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PH, hardness, ammonia, nitrate and nitrite are all needed
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #5 
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is there a test kit with only those tests in it?
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:35 PM   #6 
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I'm sure that there are many with only those specific ones. I would recommend the API master test kit though
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:50 PM   #7 
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ok. thanks!
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:00 PM   #8 
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If you can get it for cheap (sometimes ebay or amazon has a good deal on it) then go for the master test kit - otherwise it may be cheaper to buy the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate tests sepertly.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:37 PM   #9 
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The master kit should combine pH, high range pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. It is also a good idea to find a hardness test kit (GH and KH), if you can. :) pH and hardness tell you what sort of fish are appropriate for your water - the other three tell you how clean your water is. :)
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