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Old 03-12-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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I seem to come across these negative testimonials about the API test kits. Mine seems to be fairly accurate, I've taken samples to the lfs. Thoughts and opinions please...?

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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I seem to come across these negative testimonials about the API test kits. Mine seems to be fairly accurate, I've taken samples to the lfs. Thoughts and opinions please...?

Not sure where you're looking but API test kits are pretty popular. It's the nitrAte kit that's less to be desired.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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Not sure where you're looking but API test kits are pretty popular. It's the nitrAte kit that's less to be desired.
What do you mean? "It's the nitrAte kit that's less to be desired."
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What do you mean? "It's the nitrAte kit that's less to be desired."
I would guess convict means that if any of the tests in the API are inaccurate, the nitrate test might be questionable.
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I would guess convict means that if any of the tests in the API are inaccurate, the nitrate test might be questionable.
That's exactly what I mean. Thank you for helping with that. Yes the nitrAte kit is notorious for being a HUGE pain!!

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Ok, I got it now..! Yeah I've noticed that when I do the test I always show 0 but when I go to the lfs he shows 0.15 .10. Perhaps lower than what API is testing for...?
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Ok, I got it now..! Yeah I've noticed that when I do the test I always show 0 but when I go to the lfs he shows 0.15 .10. Perhaps lower than what API is testing for...?
Mine is the opposite. It always reads through the roof. Blood red and the LFS reads 10-20. I bought a new one and it reads 10-20 also. Those kits IMO are horrible. I even called company a few times on it.
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I have both API kits. On my old sumpless tank I had had trAte problems. But the nitrate test from the basic kit would read levels at about 1/2 of the reef kit. Yet both were identical nitrate tests from API, just with different exp dates.
My phosphate test always shows some phosphates sometimes up to .25. My Hanna checker always reads 0 to 0.04 ppm. Soon my Alk and Calc tests will need to be replaced and I am willing to bet a better kit will show different levels.
Use them for what they are; inexpensive tests that provide an IDEA where your levels are.
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LFS use API because they are cheap, you are far better off with kits from Salifert, but you pay as much for 1 of theirs as you do for 3-4 API kits. You get what you pay for in the test market.
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Let me just say that API test kits are fine and do work. My only complaint was the nitrAte kit. Although yes there are better kits out there, I believe for your basic freshwater tank the API freshwater test kit will do just fine...

Again just my opinion after only a few years in the hobby.

I will point out I did buy the Salifert nitrAte kit, then after that I bought the Red Sea one. When they were done I went back to API.
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