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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Test Kits
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Product Description:
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Test KitsA full range of test kits for all your aquarium needs.
Product Specifications:
User Ratings: (32 reviews)
Overall: 9.24
Value/Cost: 9.19
Effectiveness: 9.47
Quality: 9.44
Ease of use: 8.88
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JP_92 has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 December 14, 2013
"Great Test Kit"
It would have been nice to have GH and KH tests included but you can easily buy them on their own by the same company. The only problem I have with the tests is sometimes it's hard to clearly identify the solution color to the color chart. Take nitrate for example 10 and 20 PPM are both orange and are extremely similar. Aside from that which is a minor problem these tests are excellent and I would highly recommend this product to any aquarium owner.
Steveboos has used this product for .
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 January 30, 2012
"Only Test kit i will ever own!"
Very accurate and the only test kit i will ever own. I've tested this kit side by side with 3 other test kits and the others were all over the place, while the API kit is always consistent and correct!
Bpawl92 has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 January 20, 2012
"Best I've used"
great and accurate testing, just wish they had a master kit+ with hardness testing
jaly100 has used this product for .
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 December 19, 2009
"Works great"
Best kit I have ever used... Feels like my hme science project
Melanochromis has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 April 3, 2009
"Best test kit available!"
These test kits are easily the most accurate test kits you can get! The master test kit is great value for money too.
dougS has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 4.25/10 April 18, 2008
"Nitrate readings can be variable!"
I have the API master fresh water test kit; the nitrate test instructions say to agitate reagent #2 vigorously for 30 seconds before adding it to the test tube. However, I have discovered that 30 seconds appears to be insufficient. In my testing, I found nitrate results for my water to be from <5 ppm to ~20 pmm, depending on how long I agitated the reagent. The <5 reading was with 30 seconds of agitating by turning the bottle over and back; the results seem to top out at about 60 seconds of shaking very vigorously, as you would a can of spray paint. Shaking for more than 60 seconds does not seem to change the results beyond this, so I think that 60 seconds of paint-can shaking is probably adequate.
I checked API's website (no info re: agitation) and submitted a question about this using their web form, but it's been 10+ days without a response.
I have no experience with other kits, so I don't know whether other brands have the same sort of issues, so I gave a rating of 4--but, if other kits are more reliable, I would definitely recommend them over API.
I'm also very disappointed in the lack of response from API.

Edit: 3 weeks later, I rec'd a reply. It said that one of the ingredients will solidify out of liquid solution if the bottle sits for "any period of time." He says to tap the bottle on a countertop several times, then agitate for 2-3 minutes. With weekly usage, it should need to be agitated only 60 seconds
Totalimmortal363 has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 March 17, 2008
"Dependable Test Kit"
The only negative is the slight complexity of the Nitrate test.
echoofformless has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9/10 January 22, 2008
"Still the overall best."
For many years now these test kits have basically been the industry standard and it's not difficult to see why. They are fairly priced, readily available, effectively accurate and relatively easy to use. Some of the tests (nitrate especially) may not be terribly sensitive at detecting lower levels, and some of the tests (hardness) can be a bit of a pain to use - but all in all the API test kits are always a wise purchase unless you want to start spending ridiculous amounts of money on the specialist kits.
hle_81 has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 10/10 July 20, 2007
"All in one test kit"
I have always used the API master test kit in all my tanks. They're accurate and easy to use, but you need to follow the directions or you might get false readings.
brutus8 has used this product for .
Overall Rating: 8.25/10 March 10, 2007
"Good kits"
I have the full kit w/ the GH/KH tests also. They are accurate measurements, but the Nitrate card is almost impossible to tell the difference between 40 and 80. That is a pretty big difference, so I wish that was easier to interpret. Otherwise it is a good kit, and lasts quite awhile.
jgulecas has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 January 3, 2007
"Great Kit"
I have the master test kit, the GH/KH kit, and the phosphate kit, and they all work great!

Make sure you shop around. Best prices are online. The master test kit should only be $13-$14 or so.

My only criticism is that unlike the other kits, the hardness kits don't have the relevant instructions on the bottle (paper instructions get lost).
eklikewhoa has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 10/10 November 27, 2006
"keeps the water parameters in check!"
have been using their master test kit for over 14yrs now and it never has failed.
dellaaa has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 November 17, 2006
"This is all you need to monitor water quality"
I bought the Master kit for under $20.

Excellent value, I added the GH and KH hardness set because I keep Africans.
Guinnessman has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 September 11, 2006
"Great Test Kit (Freshwater)"
I use the freshwater tesk kit. It has everything I need to test the basic water chemistry in my African Cichlid 55gal tank. The high range PH test comes in handy. I bought the entire kit for $18(including shipping)from Petsmart online. There are hundreds of tests that you can do with it, so you do the math. This is very economical, accurate, quick and easy! Can't go wrong, this is a great product. I highly recommend it.
Severumx has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 10/10 July 15, 2006
"Very good test kit"
I use the PH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, GH, and KH AP tests. They are all easy to use and affordably priced. The color charts are easy to read and GH/KH color change is foolproof.
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