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Old 03-24-2011, 02:28 PM   #1 
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Testing Kit

What is a good kit for testing the water for ammonia, nitrites, and other things? I'm kind of frustrated with the one I have right now. I have a hard time comparing the colors for the different ranges because the shades of color all seem too similar. Is this how all the kits work and I just need to learn how to compare the colors better?

While I'm talking about more things that I need to buy, what are some good medicines to always keep on hand?
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:44 PM   #2 
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which one do you have right now? strips?

Aquarium salt and epsom salt are good thing to have on hand..just incase...I also like to keep maracyn 2 (just incase). Usually aquarium salt and epsom salt are good though. You could also get some IAL. Indian almond leaf. ( I hear it is good, I haven't gotten any yet though)
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:10 PM   #3 
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I have the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Ammonia test kit. It probably wouldn't bother me normally but I'm doing the fishless cycle using pure ammonia so I want to know how much ammonia I have in the tank without so much difficulty. I'm using Jungle test strips for the Nitrites and other things. I know they aren't the best but I forgot to buy something to test for nitrites when I was at the pet store and had to quick run to walmart so I could check my water and get it cycling. If there is a really good test kit that everybody recommends, I would be willing to buy it to make everything easier.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:03 AM   #4 
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Nutrafin Mini Master. Good all-round test kit without the hefty price of some of the more full-on ones. I have one and it never lets me down.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:36 PM   #5 
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Thanks ollief9, I'll see if the nearby store sells one of those kits.
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:49 PM   #6 
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The API freshwsater master test kit is the one usually recommended.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:06 PM   #7 
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I agree with dramaqueen, the API freshwater master test kit-it has everything most hobbyist need to test for-high and low pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate...easy to use and will last forever.....however, as you are finding out the color comparison can be a challenge but that is with most of the test kits....I have found using natural light to help when reading the results....sometimes...lol.....

Also, right now Dr Foster and Smith has the API kit on-sale for $19.19...but you also have S/H of $8.99....someone had posted a link to Walmart on the API kit not long ago and you can get free S/H delivered to the local store.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:55 PM   #8 
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I just purchased the API kit from Dr Foster and Smith. If you spend $49 right now, shipping is free. I ended up buying a few other things also to get my daughter's aquarium up and running. Getting a new betta tomorrow. :)
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