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API aquarium pharmaceuticals master freshwater test kit
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31 9617 Thu September 13, 2012
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $30.28 9.6

 

Description:
This kit tests tap water and aquarium water for five different parameters that affect the health of freshwater fish: pH, High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. Highly accuate and economical. Unique, transparent dome allows clear view of contents. Includes all tests required to test the nitrogen cycle. Kit includes computer-calibrated and laminated color cards, 4 glass test tubes and holding tray. Also contains complete, step-by-step instruction booklet, including information on how to correct unsafe water conditions. Compact and easy to store. Over 800 tests.
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Cliff

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Registered: January 2010
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 17452
Review Date: Sun May 2, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Accurate, Affordable
Cons: no supplied eye dropper

 
ALthough I've only used this brand of test kit for a few months now, I've found it to be a very accurate test kit. It's easy to use and easy to find at almost any LFS.

Instructions are also recorded directly on the bottle for easy referance

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1smallgoldfish

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Registered: May 2010
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 17
Review Date: Sun May 30, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): The best of the best!
Cons: none

 
This is the best test kit out there. Very acurate! Very simple to use!
Lasts for ever!

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Shaunjr_89

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Registered: May 2010
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 93
Review Date: Thu June 3, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Very Accurate, Large quantity of tests per bottle.
Cons: none

 
Just got this product the other day. This test kit is great and very accurate and easy to use. Like the others said I was using the strips but there expensive and some times dont work correctly. Would definetly recommend this product.

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Trillianne

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Registered: April 2010
Location: Seattle Side of the Mountains
Posts: 2512
Review Date: Wed June 9, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Simple to Use, not overly expensive
Cons: a dropper included would make this even easier

 
This is a very reasonably priced and easy to use.

I found a cheap dropper made it easier to get accurate measurements of the water in the test tubes, but it is certainly not required.

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rothenb1

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Registered: February 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 699
Review Date: Thu August 12, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Easy testing, and easy to read
Cons: Pricey

 
A must have for the aquarist. Very easy to test, just a few drops. Two tests require two bottles. Tests pH, High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate.
Kit includes computer-calibrated and laminated color cards, 4 glass test tubes and holding tray. Also contains complete, step-by-step instruction booklet, including information on how to correct unsafe water conditions.
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funkman262

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Registered: July 2010
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 1136
Review Date: Thu November 11, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Detailed instruction book with log, accurate, reliable
Cons: None

 
You'll never be disappointed when purchasing an API test kit. For the most part, it's everything needed for the freshwater beginner. I would also suggest purchasing the kH and gH tests (which API also sells in a bundle to save you money) in addition to this set.

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Cassandra

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Registered: November 2008
Location: Twentynine Palms, California
Posts: 433
Review Date: Tue February 1, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): easy to use, accurate readings
Cons:

 
I love this test kit. I use mine all the time and it is very easy to use. Not too expensive for what youre getting.

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Registered: June 2010
Location: Normal, IL
Posts: 106
Review Date: Sun February 6, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Accurate and Easy to use
Cons: Expensive and time consuming

 
This is a must have IMO. It is easy to use, instructions are simple, but it is a little time consuming and expensive. Get it and understand that healthy fish require time and do not look back.
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kingkarter

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Registered: January 2011
Location: MI
Posts: 513
Review Date: Sun February 13, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Accurate, Easy to use, You'll save money in the long run
Cons: Can be hard to read the ph test some imes

 
Worth the high price

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Registered: January 2011
Posts: 1019
Review Date: Wed August 24, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Accurate
Cons: As others said pricey, cautions

 
The glass tubes have been broken so many times because of my carelessness
Also some bottles have tons of warnings on corrosiveness and that stuff.

The kit is very accurate

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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 23
Review Date: Sat January 7, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): very accurate
Cons: none

 
Love it, a must have. Was using dip strips before and this is far more accurate. Apparently I got it for a good price too, $18 and change from Pet Mountain. I'll never use anything else.
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Old Marine

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Registered: January 2012
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1868
Review Date: Tue February 14, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $23.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Very Accurate, Easy to use.
Cons: none

 
The only test kit i will Own. It is a must if you are going to do your Fish justice.
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Registered: March 2012
Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Posts: 338
Review Date: Wed March 28, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): accurate
Cons: pricey, possible irritant

 
I am not a big fan of using test strips. I use these weekly when i do my parameter test. It would be better if it came with a syringe instead of fighting to get the tubes filled to the proper levels.

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Registered: February 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 206
Review Date: Mon April 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Seems to be the benchmark for test kits, comprehensive for most tanks
Cons: Can be hard to decipher the color charts

 
Far better than strips, this is the most highly referenced test kit on the forums. I mostly use the nitrate test now that the tank is cycled. Ammonia and nitrites tests are pretty straightforward. Nitrate is a little more involved with a lot more shaking. The water color in the tube changes a lot as you move the tube closer or further away from a white background, so you have to take a best guess. Also, sometimes it's hard to tell what color you have on these tests because the charts aren't printed all too well. I know this because I bought an API standalone ammonia test kit separately, and the color chart from that does not perfectly match the color chart from the master kit, so there is a noticeable difference. This brings some subjectivity into the test results.

Test kit is pricey up front, but you get a ton of tests out of it, so it's not as expensive as it seems in the long run. You also get four test tubes and a handy plastic case with it. I've seen it for $30 (plus tax) at LFS and pet stores, but you can find it for $20 plus a few bucks shipping online.

Other notes... the plastic case is handy and holds everything in place, but I wish they had some type of test tube holder with a white background at a specific distance. That would really help with judging the colors. Also, including a test tube scrubber would help. I've noticed that the nitrite test liquid in particular doesn't clean off of the tubes well. I'll still see blue water in there after cleaning it as well as in the cap. Can't imagine that is ideal for future tests.
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daimen123

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Registered: June 2012
Location: Sydney australia
Posts: 334
Review Date: Sun June 24, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): accuracy
Cons: colors can be hard to read on nitrate

 
Very good and essential piece of equipment but it can be hard to tell the difference between colours on some tests

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