How to Get Accurate and Consistent Results With Aquarium Test Kits

Inexpensive and long-lasting, freshwater aquarium test kits can save you a lot of trouble.
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Unless either the water became so unbearable to reveal or you were using freshwater aquarium test kits on a weekly basis (which you should).
Just like water changes, aquarium water testing should be part of your regular routine.
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Nitrate is a by-product on nitrite and while it is not toxic, it does lead to poor water quality and the spread of disease. Many aquarium hobbyists recommend that owners use the nitrate test on tap water and then try to keep the nitrate in the tank close to the level of the tap water. Saltwater tanks do not tolerate much nitrate at all, but use a to monitor appropriate levels for freshwater fish. Please check out this video by Marine Depot on the Elos aquarium test kits
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Testing water regularly is an important part of keeping a healthy aquarium. Visit our products below to learn more about our Test Kits.

To your left you will find the Easy Care Guide. We’ve made testing water an important step in Regular Care. In this step you can learn helpful products to simplify ways of keeping your aquarium clean and balanced.An aquarium water test kit is needed if you want to be successful in the tropical fish hobby (freshwater or saltwater). You will need to know how to test your water during new tank start-up (the cycle) and whenever problems arise.Testing your aquarium water will help ensure it's clean, clear and healthy. Use API® test kits and test strips regularly to keep healthy conditions for your fish.Some aquarium test kits come as dip strips that you dip in a test tube filled with water from your tank. You then compare the color with the card that came with the kit to get your final reading for each particular test. The other type of test kit has liquid droppers. You dispense the liquid (certain number of drops) into a test tube with tank water. You usually need to shake the tube and wait a few minutes for the test to develop. You then match the color of the water in the test tube against a test card to get your final reading. It can be a good idea to ask someone else in your house to compare the colors and give you a second opinion. Don't tell them what it means, just ask them to match up the colors. As hobbyists, we may tend to skew the results in our favor, so a second opinion may help keep us honest.Buying these aquarium test kits individually can get expensive. You can usually save a few dollars by getting a master test kit. For most hobbyists these master test kits will be sufficient. Live plant keepers and saltwater reef tank keepers may need to invest in additional specialized mini test kits such as copper, phosphate, dissolved oxygen, etc.
Primarily for saltwater aquariums, a is important to use when dosing calcium in reef tanks. Calcium is a primary element that corals need to grow and dosing calcium may be a necessity for the health of these animals. You need a test kit to determine how much and how often to dose. For more information on dosing calcium, please read .