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Old 02-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Hello I'm need to get some test strips or a kit to test my water. I have had my tank about two weeks and I bought a 4pk of 5in1 strips by API. I am a lil tight on money after getting the set up and fish and I have a coupon for tetra 6in1 strips but should I get them or try and get something better. Also how often should I test my water?
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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Get a liquid test kit ( api master kit) is a common one. It is actually cheaper in the long run. I test every week, but cut down on ph, ammonia and nitrite testing because it hasn't really changed in a couple years.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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As GB said, a liquid test kit is a lot better. They are more accurate and give more samples. I would not recommend the strips:/
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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Ok thank you both I'm going to petsmart tonight hopefully. I went to one of my lfs and they was extremely rude and not too helpful so I wont be going back. Their loss though my lil sis wanted a bearded dragon and needs the whole set up so I was there to get that and a test kit but they was so rude we walked out. The major reason I need one is today my water is clouded again and like a yellow brown in color. I found out my buddy thought they was hungry yesterday and fed them without saying anything to me and I had already fed them for the day.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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If you order it from Amazon it's lots cheaper than Petsmart.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #6
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Ok ill have to check into that. Just search for Aquarium test kits and is API the way to go I know there is a few others.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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API master test for freshwater is the way to go.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:30 PM   #8
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I agree and you should get the API freshwater master test kit, but you sholud look on ebay first. I bought mine for 22$ on ebay, and its normally 32$. Check ebay first.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #9
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Ok thank you I found one for 22 with free shipping CA be here by the 6th (happy bday to me lol) I'm going to try and order it tonight.
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