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Old 09-28-2005, 04:27 AM   #1
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Test kits?

Hi there guys.

I have been searching for this on the net but couldn't find anything. Maybe we should get a professor in here lol. Because the test kits are so expensive here in SA i was thinking i know a guy that can get chemicals and stuff like that.

Do you guys know excactly which chemicals are used in test kits cause they don't say anything on the box or the bottles. and it would be much cheaper for me to get the chemicals from my friend.

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Ok so I am guessing everyone is doing research on this or no one can give me an answer lol.

Please anyone?
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I am not sure. They are concoctions of many chemicals I thought. Probably not juat one you can buy and use to test with. Perhaps you could contact Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (they make one of the best Master Kits) and ask them? How much are you paying now?

Sorry I can't help more.
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Well we pay about R600.00 for a decent kit for: nitrites, nitrates, ph and ammonia that would be about just under $100 man you guys can buy a whole RO kit for that and not to even speak about RO units here by us R4000.00 gives you $615 it would be cheaper to import and pay the $136 shipping.

But thanks for the advice i will see if they will give me a bit of their secret ingredients lol.
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You don’t have a LFS that sells them in South Africa? They typically run around $30 in the U.S. but I wouldn’t trust my aquarium with a “home made” brew of chemicals personally.

I’ve been using Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kits for years and trust the results.

You have web access, try http://www.easyinfo.co.za/ (found a couple of pet stores searching for “pet” under company name.

Some more links:
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/aqs...ybtestkits.htm
http://www.overberginfo.com/mtree/animal_care/pet_shop/
http://www.pethobbyist.com/locator/register2.php

Hopefully you will be able to find a LFS with a kit at a reasonable price.

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Old 09-30-2005, 10:34 AM   #6
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there are allot of places that sells them but it is just ridiculously expensive. You guys
would pay like $30 but if you convert our kits to dollars they cost about $100
.I will compare the chemicals results with a kit I was just thinking for in the
future to save a bit of $$$$

thanks for the reply
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8O That's a *edit* of a conversion! I wouldn't even want to think what a 55 gal tank would cost over there! I think living in Africa I’d go the African cichlid way personally since they are tons more tolerable to different water quality and just about impossible to kill. Good luck with the chemicals.
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