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Conditions in aquarium water naturally change over time, so it becomes necessary to regularly test your tank water to make sure it is healthy and stable. Bulk Reef Supply sells a variety of test kits to best fit your needs - Elos, Red Sea, Salifert and Elos master test kits that include essential tests for your aquarium type: pH, hardness, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and oxygen — all necessary factors to that need to be maintained to ensure a healthy and thriving tank.
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Lastly, some test kits are going to cost more than others, and testing your aquarium water is something you will need to do routinely as long as you have the aquarium. So, monetary investment needs to be factored in along with testing needs. Plus, if you’ve spent a lot of money on your tank (which isn’t hard to do), you may want to spend a little more in your testing supplies to help maintain it. Keeping all of this in mind will help you choose the best freshwater aquarium test kits for your needs, budget, and level of interest in the tank. The Best Freshwater Aquarium Test Kits | 2017 Star Product Review
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One of the most important considerations in water testing is the freshness of the chemical reagents used in the test kits. Test results are dependent on specific chemical reactions taking place in the aquarium water sample. The reaction forms a color that signals the result of the test. If one of the chemicals in the kit is old, the chemical reaction that develops the color may not work properly and give an inaccurate test result. Test kits have “best used by” or expiration dates printed on the package or reagent bottles. If your test kit is past the expiration date, do not use it. Pick up a fresh kit as you see the expiration date approaching.What are the the best testing strips out there for measuring PH, Ammonia, Nitrates, etc.? I would like to find something more accurate (currently using API test kits with droppers in 5 mL) It seems odd to me that the assumed accuracy and tight parameters that one needs to keep to maintain a mixed reef that API's kits are even suggested to anyone from the LFS. I would like to know if someone has better and more accurate results from other testing kits for their aquarium.You know the value of good lighting in your reef tank. But lighting also matters when reading the results of aquarium test kits. You will be matching up the color in the test tube to some type of colored scale. Most aquarium kits use a color card having a series of colors that correspond to specific levels of the test parameter. The test kit manufacturer developed the color card to match the results in the test tube. The matching of test tube to color card is performed under “daylight” conditions in order to get the best color match. Trying to read a test result in a dark room or near a lot of blue reef light may make it hard to match up the colors. Some kits are titrations, meaning reagents are added drop by drop until a certain color appears. The asks you to add reagent drops until a blue color appears. The number of drops added to get the blue color is used to calculate the calcium level in the water. Lighting is important for titration kits too because there is often a slight color tint to the water sample just before the last drop is added. If the light is poor it is easy to misinterpret the color formation, meaning you may add too little or too many drops. It may not be possible to run your aquarium tests in perfect full-spectrum daylight. The important thing is to try to read the results under similar lighting conditions every time.It must be noted that most kits fail to take into account the variances in readings due to existing color and/or cloudiness in the water sample. Most aquariums and ponds will develop some degree of yellow color over time, which can contribute significantly to the perceived color of a given test. Both Nessler’s and alkaline-cyanurate test results will be thrown off by any significant yellow color. In addition, most pH color comparisons will be negated by yellow water. Those kits that make use of a “blank” water sample will always give the most reliable results. The blank sample is usually positioned behind the color standard (which is next to the sample to which the reagents have been added) and the best color match is made. The effects of existing color and cloudiness are thus compensated for.