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test kit database, FAQ

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by orthikon, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. orthikon

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    Hi,

    I would like to compile a database of test kits since I am not quite satisfied with my tetra test (see pic).

    For each test kit (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, gh, kh, iron, phosphate, c02, etc.) please specify the brand and post the scale and/or a pic of the color charts. Now I know that these kits are not that accurate but at least we could look for the best one out there.

    I'm looking for something with a smaller increment in scale with colors that are not too close of a shade to each other (see my ph test and ammonia). The Aquapharm master kit seems to be sufficient regarding the scale but I do not know the colors in it. So if anyone can take a pic of the cards that info is highly appreciated and will be added to the database/FAQ

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    Thanks.

    -Jon

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    database/FAQ:


    aquarium pharmaceuticals freshwater master test kit.
    thanks to RockabillyChick and Puffernewbee

    Ammonia - 0ppm, .25, .50, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0, 8.0
    Nitrite - 0ppm, .25, .50, 1.0, 2.0, 5.0
    Nitrate - 0ppm, 5.0, 10, 20, 40, 80, 100
    pH Low - 6.0, 6.4, 6.6, 6.8, 7.0, 7.2, 7.6
    pH high - 7.4, 7.8, 8.0, 8.2, 8.4, 8.8
     
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    This is the Hagen Ammonia test kit, NH3/NH4. Note they have a couple different kinds, this is the one in the orange box for "Fresh & Salt Water." It has 3 regents. The plus is the lowest reading as 0.1 - the minus, you have to wait 20 minutes for the result.

    In case you can't read the numbers on the pic, they are in the following increments:

    0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.6, 1.2, 2.4, 3.7, 6.1

    I have some (new) AP tests as well. I'll take pics and post soon.
    http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1180446&postcount=13

    ammonia.jpg
     
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    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kit pics:

    1. Ammonia
    Edit... Note this is the salicylate test kit with 2 regents.

    2. NitrIte

    3. NitrAte

    Follow attachments in order.

    Ammonia, with 2 regents (salicylate).jpg q_no2_ap.jpg q_no3_ap.jpg
     
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    Last pics.

    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Ammonia Test kit. This is the Nessler test with only 1 regent. Lowest reading above zero is .5 to 1.0. With that minimum, only good for fishless cycling, I think.

    Hagen pH Low Range Fresh Water

    Follow attachments in order.

    Ammonia, with 1 regent (Nessler).jpg q_ph_hagen.jpg
     
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    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
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    Jungle Labs Quick Dip Tests-
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    Red Sea Freshwater Test Kits

    Here are the charts from the 'Red Sea Fresh Lab Deluxe'

    It contains 8 tests and 2 planted tank supplements:-

    1. Ph low range 6.2-7.4 and high range 7.4-8.6. 100 tests each
    2. Ammonia/Ammonium. 60 tests
    3. Nitrite. 60 tests
    4. GH. 25 tests approx
    5. KH. 25 tests approx
    6. Iron. 60 tests
    7. CO2. 35 tests
    8. Chlorine/Chloramine. 60 tests
    9. Sample 15ml bottle of Flora Gro
    10. Sample 15ml bottle of Flora 24 daily additive

    Each test comes with a short but informative leaflet on how to use the test, interpretation of result and how to remedy the situation if needed.

    In general the colours are easy enough to match to the chart in daylight but I find it a little more difficult in fluorescent and incandescent lighting.

    With the Chlorine test I get a reading of 0 from tap water which I find hard to believe!

    Red Sea Ph Low
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    Red Sea Ph High
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    Red Sea Ammonia/Ammonium
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    Red Sea Nitrite
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    Red Sea GH
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    Red Sea KH
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    Red Sea Iron
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    Red Sea CO2
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    Red Sea Chlorine/Chloramine
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    NutraFin Test Master Lab Kit

    anyone used this (NutraFin Test Master Lab Kit) its a liquid test seems pretty good im gonna try it
    Tests for ammonia, calcium, nitrate, phosphate, nitrite, ph, iron, carbonate hardness, and general hardness. 9 instructions booklets, 5 glass test tubes with caps, 2 pipettes, and 1 spoon. only other test you would need is chlorine
    *edit* actually i think im gonna go with the Red Sea Deluxe Freshwater Lab Kit seems it has more test
     
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    For NITRATE: I currently use the AP test kit, but have a dickens of a time trying to tell which one it is if it gets past 10, but the colors are so hard to distinguish. All orange/reds and just a variety of intensities of the same colors! Does anyone know of one that is more like the nitrite - blues, lavenders, etc... where the colors are different for the levels and not just various shades of the same color? The ph chart is a good example, it's easy to tell which one. I hope someone can help - I'm so tired of straining my eyes. The ammonia one isn't really easy either. We just go with the top two (it never gets below the second one down - .25) - and say... does it have ANY green in it or not? That's the only way we can get that one either.

    Any "easier on the eyes" suggestions would be ever so much appreciated! Someone must make a nitrate test kit that has different colors rather than darker and lighter shades of the same colors???
     

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