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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.
spaceman5061 has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 June 22, 2006
"what more do you want?"
its fast, accurate, easy to do, and simple. except th Gh and Kh test. that you add one deop at a time then cap shack and repeat untill you get a certian color, keeping track of how many drops you put in so you can calculate.
davemill has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 September 11, 2005
"Inexpensive, accurate, what else is there?"
I just ordered new Aquarium Pharma PH, KH and Nitrate kits to replace my two-year-old bottles. They're getting low and old and need replacement, but they've been strong performers that I can depend upon. At pennies per test, what else do you want?

I gave an 8 score for ease of use because these are reagent tests-you have to compare colors to a chart (except KH). In this regard they are similar to all other reagent tests.
peanut1181 has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 10/10 March 30, 2005
"Excellent Kit! Won't use anything else from now on!"
After reading other reviews here, I bought the Freshwater Master Test Kit to replace another brand that I didn't like at all. The reviews were right on... this kit is EXCELLENT! It's really easy to use, only cost me $11.99 US, and results are available in just five minutes. From now on this is the only brand I'll be using. I highly recommend them for all your testing needs.
SnappingTurtle has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 February 27, 2005
"Best test for the price point"
Aquarium Pharmaceutical tests are inexpensive, easy to use, easy to read and an excellent value. Each test comes with many uses, a nice glass test vial and an easy to read color card (no more trying to guess WHICH shade of red you're looking at). I wouldn't pay money for any other pH test unless investing in an electronic pH meter. I highly recommend ALL of their mini labs.
iceblue has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 January 26, 2009
"Can't go wrong."
I use the Master Freshwater Kit and it comes with everthing you need except for a nitrate tester. Instructions are clear and easy to understand. Color matching cards are water resistant and easy to match to the test tubes.(4 test tubes included in kit.)The solutions are bottled in fairly thick walled plastic containers and dispense drops easily and accuratly. I would recommend this kit to any hobbiest that cares for and keeps frehwater fish.
Weather11am has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.75/10 January 19, 2005
"Accurate but Not Quick"
I got the nitrate and test and it was around 5 dollars. The instructions are easy to follow but it takes between 7-10 minutes for the test. Other then that, its a great product!!!
richh has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.75/10 January 11, 2005
"simple and effective"
Read the reviews, tried a.p. test kits out, was not let down. Simple to use, pretty accurate also.
y ddraig goch has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 8.25/10 July 29, 2004
"Reliable and economical"
I used to use the Tetra kits but switched to AP because they were better value for money and were reviewed elsewhere as being more accurate. I do not regret the switch. The tests are easy to perform but, like all liquid reagent types, there's a lot of light and interpretation issues around getting the correct reading. Needs practice and consistency.
leewongfei has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 July 3, 2004
"great!!"
Probably one of the easiest test i have ever owned!
leewong
Destinmatt has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10 June 26, 2004
"Great abng for the buck."
I love mine! My only complaint is that the testing cards are easy to lose. I wish they would put the charts on the bottle so if you lose anything you don't have to by a whole new kit just to use any of it.
gibby9 has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 May 23, 2004
"good product"
I have several of the AP test kits. Easy to use and good price.
morgan has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 10/10 May 22, 2004
"THEY ALL WORK GREAT"
I have tried the pill style testers and the liquid. I have no complaints and I will continue to use the AP kits.
viaumaster has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 10/10 May 7, 2004
"Accurate, inexpensive & easy to use: what more do you want?"
I tried a few different test kits before I found the Aquarium Pharm. kits. Wow! Easier to use than all other tests that I tried and a lot less expensive than most. Tests are easy to read and most are quick to display results. I reccommend these test kits.
tins68 has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 May 3, 2004
"The best product I ever used"
I have used this test kit for several years and I am very pleased with how you can read the results very easily.
Fish Phenom has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 April 2, 2004
"Great Product"
Very accurate and easy to use. I highly recommend...
Freddy_K has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
"Does what it should"
A product that does what it is meant to, no easier or harder to use then any test tube tester.
MudbugnLouisiana has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9/10
"Good Product"
I have used these test kits for years and for the money they do their job.
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