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Old 04-06-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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water test kit ???

Sorry to bother you all again, but I forgot to ask --- I need a recommendation for a good ammonia, nitrite, nitrate kit. My lfs has one by API which tests for all I listed plus PH and High End PH (whatever the heck that is) it also has one by Tetra --- They both uses the little colored cards to check for readings. Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated -- thanks
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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API Master Test Kit is definately the preferred choice
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API is good for the basic stuff (that you listed) but I had trouble with the pH test. If you are looking for other test kits for other tests, seachem makes really good ones. I think Cmor has other that he likes (sorry, I can't remember them). Hopefully he will post.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:49 PM   #4
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I like the Salifert and LaMotte test kits. Seachem multi is fine for some tests too. I prefer titration tests where this is a distinct and obvious color change as opposed to the color charts. That has more to do with my color blindness. I can see the color begin to change and then fully change with one more drop. Much eaiser on my eyes than matching very close colors on a chart.
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To all I say thanks and once again bow humbly in the presence of your knowledge ---- I thought I saw a LaMotte kit at another lfs -- If it is there I will get it --- Thanks again
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No bother at all. I use the API with good results.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:25 AM   #7
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I use the API also and have no problems. With the pH, you don't need to worry about that in FW unless it is really high or very low.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:31 AM   #8
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Well since I struck out getting the LaMotte test kit and the API is carried by the lfs I trust I will get the API - By the way how often do you test the water ? Once a day? Once a week? etc.
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I like the Salifert and LaMotte test kits. Seachem multi is fine for some tests too. I prefer titration tests where this is a distinct and obvious color change as opposed to the color charts. That has more to do with my color blindness. I can see the color begin to change and then fully change with one more drop. Much eaiser on my eyes than matching very close colors on a chart.
I'm with Cmor here. Salifert are very good and have a decent price. LaMotte kits are great, but very expensive and somewhat complicated. I feel like a chemist when I use the Lamotte for phosphate...lol.

hehehe...we posted on the same time.
You can test once a week until you get a handle on your readings. Once you are comfortable with where everything is at and your tank is stable, you will be fine testing once a month. I test once/month for ca and alk, and every other month for mag. I have my dosing schedule pretty much set so I know what my reading should be, so I just check to be sure everything is still where it should be.
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In the beginning I tested often. At least once a week. While cycling it was every day. If I am setting up a new tank I test every day until I feel comfortable that the tank is cycled. Before doing a water change I used to pull out a cup of water. While the tanks were filling I would do the tests. Now? Well, I haven't tested in almost a year. After a while you get a feel for the tank, you know what kind of water change schedule will work for you. I do 75% water changes weekly so I know that I don't have Ammonia, Nitrite, or high Nitrates. Our city water is naturally very hard so I don't need to worry about a pH drop. If something wrong happens to the tank, then I'll test. Plus it helps that in my 55 gal I have True Rummynose Tetras. If the red on their nose starts to lighten, the water quality is suffering. Time to get out the Python and do a change!
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