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Old 09-07-2008, 12:09 AM   #11
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Are test Stripes good for SW tanks?
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Old 09-07-2008, 12:12 AM   #12
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From everything I've heard test strips are notoriously inaccurate.

For the record I picked up Red Sea Marine Lab from a LFS. It seems to work pretty well.
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:10 PM   #13
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Stay awwy from the test strips. They are ok for a swimming pool I guess, but not for an aquarium.
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Thanks one of my buddies was telling me to get test stripes cause thats what he uses for his SW tank..... But he says his fish were dieing at one point I'm taking it now it's probably was his test stripes.....
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Old 09-08-2008, 02:57 AM   #15
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I use the API drop test kits myself. Although the pH test isn't that great because my pH is 8.0 and the kit maxes out at 7.6 or something like that.
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I use the API drop test kits myself. Although the pH test isn't that great because my pH is 8.0 and the kit maxes out at 7.6 or something like that.
you need the "high range PH" test
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Didn't even know they made one lol, should of looked around a little harder thanks for the heads up.
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The FW API test kit has the high range pH kit. I always had trouble reading the API SW pH test.
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Stay awwy from the test strips. They are ok for a swimming pool I guess, but not for an aquarium.
I used them early on when I was cycling, but that's about it. They're good for detecting "zero" amounts of things, but if there's any measurable amount of whatever it is you're measuring... I've found it tough to determine the actual number. They're kind of a "go/no-go" gauge for water parameters.

I used the 5-1 strips when cycling to check and see when my nitrItes were starting to drop. They're great for that.
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