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Liquid Test Kit

Postby Nicko11 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:30 pm

Hi all,

I am new to this fish keeping hobby and made a bit of an error in using test strips to monitor my water during start up.

Before I go out and buy a liquid test kit I thought I would ask for any recommendations from the more experienced fish keeper, any suggestions welcome and thanks in advance?

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Re: Liquid Test Kit

Postby bradderz123 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:35 pm

Based on my experience I would see what colour choices of results best suits your eyes - I tried numerous but couldn't find one that I could easily read so bought an electronic meter - my eyes found telling the slight differences in shades of colours impossible.

Plus when I had several kits I tried them for consistency and they all said something different - and in case your wondering I got my son (who has good eyesight) to read the results. Having said that I assume if you react to changes in any one test kit you won't go far wrong in keeping your water at a consistent standard if that makes sense.
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Re: Liquid Test Kit

Postby Nicko11 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:52 pm

I must admit I have found the colours a little bit of guess work when it is between values.

What electronic meter did you buy, worth weighing up all options before I purchase.

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Re: Liquid Test Kit

Postby bradderz123 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:01 am

I like a gadget and also try to make my life as easy as possible.

I use Seneye for temperature, ammonia and PH.

I use Nitrachek 404 for nitrates.

The combined cost of the above might put people off but I've had them for three years and still going strong - cost me the equivalent of £2 per week but that figure will continue to reduce as they last longer.

Therefore, looking at the spreading of the cost over that time period and the fact that I feel confident the use of them has helped me not to lose fish - which obviously has related costs. FYI I paid £200 for the Nitrachek and less than £100 for the seneye.
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Re: Liquid Test Kit

Postby Nicko11 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:01 pm

The seneye kit looks interesting but they a few negative articles about it on the net. How have u found it?

Have you a laptop near your tank or have you set up wireless?
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Re: Liquid Test Kit

Postby bradderz123 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:27 pm

I have never found a problem - I use it to make sure I get consistency and react to changes and as I say I've only lost a few fish in 3 years and that has always been down to aggression rather than husbandry. I do keep a laptop adjacent to the tank.

It is frustrating that seneye keep threatening to measure nitrates. I use these items and do a 70% water change every week (my tank is heavily stocked) and all is well :tu:
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Re: Liquid Test Kit

Postby Clare » Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:43 pm

I use tetra test kits. If you hold them against white paper seeing the colours is easy.

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