Aquarium Testing Kits & Strips: pH, Calcium Test |

And there you have it– how to decipher the mysterious aquarium test strips! *bows*
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The Aquarium test strips monitor 3 different variables that are significant for aquarium health: pH, Alkalinity & Hardness. The special pH test pad is designed for low-ionic and low-buffered waters present in aquariums. These test strips are often used in marine, ponds and aquariums, both freshwater and saltwater. Our aquarium test strips measure water hardness due to calcium carbonate and can help you determine whether you have hard or soft water in just seconds.
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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals 5 in 1 Test Strips test aquarium water levels for optimal health! This master test kit allows you to simplify your testing routine. These strips can be dipped directly into your aquarium, no test tubes or separate samples are required.

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Photo provided by Flickr[4] ; this instrument tests the specific gravity of aquarium water (in simple terms the amount of salts).
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I personally don't use strips, but I made a video on them. I use the API liquid test kit. I think the strips are not accurate, but they are better than nothing.

How to use aquarium test stripsToday Mike goes over his aquarium water testing tips and tricks. We use a variety of different products to regularly test our water and discuss our favorite and least favorite aquarium test strips and water test kits.You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be entering into a wonderful world of aquatic information, for all aquarists, no matter what their experience level.

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- Team ACNitrate is not as dangerous for fish, but at high levels it stresses them, leaving them more susceptible to disease and ultimately shortening their lifespan. If it is desired to breed fish, keeping nitrates low is a must. Elevated are also a major contributor to algae growth. For all those reasons, it’s wise to track nitrate levels regularly in any aquarium.

are often included in a master test kit, or paired with a Nitrite test kit, but they can also be purchasedNext, we look at test strips for fish tank water testing. We have had bad experiences with some test strips not being accurate. We found good results using lab grade water testing strips. We have used test strips from Macherey-Nagel, as well as Precision Labs, and have found both to be highly accurate aquarium water testing strips. Links to the manufacturers included below.Aquarium test strips are a necessary tool if you want to keep the fish in your aquarium alive and healthy long-term. Test strips are used to test the water in your aquarium, and identify any specific chemicals, toxins or problems, such as ammonia, that are present in your tank's water at levels that could cause significant health concerns for your fish.