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Old 08-03-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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Freshwater Master Test kit

Either of these kits any good?

- Tetra Laborett Test Kit

- Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

Which one would you go with? I remember some kits in the past being very inaccurate and others were hard to tell the difference between colors... Any others? I don't want to spend to much on one
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:50 PM   #2
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AP, mine has worked good for me.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:01 PM   #3
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I use AP as well and like it.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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Sold! - Ordering the AP. It was nice to have a few opinions. My last test kit was a "dry" tab version that required about 5 solid minutes of vigorous shaking to get it to work, and after all that it was very hard to tell the colors apart.

This one looks much easier.
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Looks like you have already made your decision, but for what it's worth, I have both and prefer the AP.
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Aside from the nitrate test all the ones I've used by tetra were hard to read or inaccurate. I do love their nitrate test though. For the aquarium pharm I like all the test kits but the nitrate one. That orange to red to darker red is hard for me to read.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:59 PM   #7
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Man, this is a cool forum - lots of replies!

From what everyone has said, the AP kit sounds good. Bummer about the Tetra Nitrate, but I figure that probably most of the 'master' kits have one test that they don't do as well as the others (at least that's the way it used to be)
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:38 AM   #8
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My vote is also for the AP test kit. When testing for Nitrates, if you can't determine what the level is because of the redness, do a water change. That's my rule of thumb. beacuse if you can't tell the difference, your Nitrates are too high anyways.

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That's why my nitrates are always 10 or below
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I also use the AP kit for most tests, and have compared it to some rather expensive kits, and get results similar enough that I don't feel the need to spend money on wildly expensive (LaMotte/Hach) kits.

Whatever you do, avoid RedSea kits
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