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Old 02-07-2006, 01:52 AM   #1
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Question on Test kits...

Just wondering if anyone uses this test kit, and how they like/dislike it.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=3233;pcid2=

I ordered 50.00 worth of necessities to get my free shipping and added this kit, then cashed in my 1500 points, so I basically got it for 4.99. I mainly got it for the gh and kh tests. Also, how does reading the nitrate test compare to the harder to read AP Nitrate test in the Master Test Kit?
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:18 AM   #2
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hi again...

Just bumping this thread up in case anyone missed it.
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I have it. I like it a lot, the nitrate test doesn't involve all that shaking. I get the same reading when I test twice instead of different results every time with AP. It goes by shades of pink. I think it is easier to read. The ammania test takes a 1/2 hour to set up. I dont really care since I never test for ammonia. The Ph takes two drops and goes by shades of green and blue. The KH and GH works the same as AP just count drops. The iron test is next to useless. It always says even after I just put iron in the tank. The phosphate seems to work better than the AP but it still ain't great at low concentrations. Kind of white with little hints of blue.

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Cool, thanks....

For testing ammonia and nitrite, will stick with AP til it's gone. But for the nitrate, sounds like it will be much easier to read. I don't test ammonia and nitrite much anymore, as both my tanks are cycled, and one has been cycled for over a year. But the whole cycle process will start over again, as I'm starting my 75G planted. But I already got a jump on it, as my XP3 has been on my 55G since Christmas Day.
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I forgot they also provide droppers to fill the test tubes. Very handy used take me longer to get the right amount of water in the tube than it did to run the tests. Let me know what you think when you get it.

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Will do......
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I have it also and really like it except for the nitrate and PO4 test.
the 3rd solution for each is in a glass bottle with out a normal dropper, so i have a hard time getting even drop out of them it almost runs out when i turn them upside down. I attached a pic so you could see what I'm talking about kinda hard to describe. Maybe someone else who has it can tell me what I'm doing wrong ot tell me how they do it.
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Bleh not a great pic but best I can do atm.
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I have it also and really like it except for the nitrate and PO4 test.
the 3rd solution for each is in a glass bottle with out a normal dropper, so i have a hard time getting even drop out of them it almost runs out when i turn them upside down. I attached a pic so you could see what I'm talking about kinda hard to describe. Maybe someone else who has it can tell me what I'm doing wrong ot tell me how they do it.
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