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Old 03-01-2008, 03:54 PM   #1 
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What's the best Test Liquid Test Kit?

Hey can somebody tell me the best Liquid Test Kit that I can buy to test the water parameters in the tank? I am told that I need to test pH, Ammonia and nitrate levels.
Also are the tests done by Pet stores like Petsmart reliable?
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:10 PM   #2 
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hi
please don't rely on the fish shop for your water testing,
sorry to say that most if not all shops will say "yeah the waters fine"
when really it is not.
API make a water test kit that i would recommend to you for use.
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:13 PM   #3 
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I use API. Good buy for the money. There are more on the market that have tests for Gh and KH, but you really don't need those unless you really get into keeping some wild caught species, hard to maintain species, or sometimes plants. API is the 2nd link.

http://elmersaquarium.com/10barb_gold.htm

http://www.petsolutions.com/Liquid-M...01034+C46.aspx

http://www.petsolutions.com/Liquid-M...01034+C46.aspx
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I also use API, but since I now keep a snail, I'll need to be adding the tests for kh and gh at some point in the future.

Basic tests are ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. You need to test for all four on a regular basis.
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:43 PM   #5 
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Another API user here. Pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:58 PM   #6 
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Another API user here. Pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.
LOL, unless you knock over the test tubes like I did yesterday. Spilled my nitrite test before I could get the lid on, and spilled the water in two others. I have such a hard time getting the water to the correct level. I was soooo frustrated.
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:03 PM   #7 
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Strangely I seem to have perfected the water level thing.

And forget spilling the tubes...I knocked over a 3 gallon bucket of water onto the carpet last night. We live on the 3rd floor. Thank GOD for the Bissell. (And yes, I will be purchasing a Python)
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:51 PM   #8 
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i also use API- i think the important thing is not so much the brand of test, but just make sure its liquid and not the ones you dip.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:24 AM   #9 
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i also use API- i think the important thing is not so much the brand of test, but just make sure its liquid and not the ones you dip.
unless you buy the test strips that are wrapped seperatly,
Fish4all made an interesting post about it.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:04 PM   #10 
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A quick and easy way to accurately fill a test tube is with a syringe. If you don't have access to a regular syringe (10 or 20 ml works well) you can find ones in the children's medications aisle at a drug store.
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