View Full Version : 5 in 1 Test Strips

07-15-2010, 08:26 PM
My local Walmart is clearing out a bunch of their fish stuff and I bought a pack of 5 in 1 test strips. I was wondering, do these things give go readings on everything? It tests pH, Nitrite, Nitrate, hardness and alkalinity.

07-15-2010, 08:37 PM
most people here don't care for test strips at all. They're considered pretty unreliable compared to the liquid test kits.

07-15-2010, 08:46 PM
Dang. I knew I should've got the liquid one. Maybe I'll exchange it.

07-15-2010, 08:48 PM
At least the test strips have pretty colors!lolthumbs2:
Other then that do not trust what they read.Go get the liquid test kit while its still on special.

07-15-2010, 09:14 PM
You know...I'm not all against the test strips.

They are not nearly as good/accurate as a FRESH liquid test...but they're not useless. They're great for quick checks.

I hate using the liquid tests...I'm thinking of getting some strips for quick checks myself, that way I'll actually be checking more often!

07-15-2010, 09:33 PM
I use the quick test strips everyday before I let the water go into the storage tank for that day.

For accuracy, I use liquid or the meters.