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Question which test kits are better!!!!

Hi everyone I just want to know which test kits are better the dip sticks or the dropper and test tube ones... If there is a differce between the two types of kits...thx rob

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Default Re: which test kits are better!!!!

the liquid test kits are a lot more accurate than the strips are. i use the API Master test kit which does everything i need it to.

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Default Re: which test kits are better!!!!

Hi Grump! I have used both types of test and have found the API liquid tests to be better then strips. They are much easier to differentiate the color results and I think they last much longer then strips. They are more expensive then strips but it's worth it. Hope this helps!!

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Default Re: which test kits are better!!!!

I've used both the API master kit with the test tubes and the strip kits.

The master kit with the test tubes is highly accurate and very easy to read, but its messy. The chemicals can leak or drip. Some of the chemicals are caustic. Water can get spilled while you're drawing samples.

The strips are fast and easy but some say they are not as accurate as the liquid.

Personally, I think the strips are just fine for my needs. I used the liquid kits for a year and I still have some left, but the strips are just easier and more convenient.
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Default Re: which test kits are better!!!!

The API and Tetra kits are by far the best way to go. The strips can be affected by the moisture in the air and your fingers. The strips and the little suction cup indicators are just barely with in what you could call reference.

I guess it boils down to whether you want realistic results or cheap and easy ball park results.
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Default Re: which test kits are better!!!!

I am new to the hobby and I posed this question over a month ago in different forums, time and time again I got the answer API fresh water master test kit
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