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Re: Aquarium Test Kits
Hello everyone. I have a question that I need help with that may be of
interest to some of you. It is about aquarium test kits. There are so many
different brands of aquarium test kits out there at so many different price
ranges that I am confused as to which one I should buy. It seems as if
company that is well known or that is famous in the aquarium industry has
their own brand of test kit out there. My question is, which is the best
aquarium test kit out there for freshwater aquariums? Which is the brand
that has proved the most reliable, the most accurate, and the most easy to
use, and that also combines all of the rest of the positive qualities that
aquarists look for in a test kit? Is there a brand that is used more often
by the "professionals" than any other brand of test kit? And which is the
brand that is most recommended by knowledegable aquarists such as you guys?
Any help that any of you guys could give me on this matter would be greatly
appreciated, as this is one question that I have been wondering about for a
long time and whose answer I feel might also be useful to some other people
subscribing to this list as well. Thanks everyone for all of your advice.
There are a number of different test kit manufactures simply because there
Requirements for accuracy and affordability depending on what the end user
is testing. A lot
of it probably does boil down to personal preference. Although simply paying
more does not
guarantee you a more accurate result the more expensive kits typically have
an easier to read
indicator. Another consideration is that once you have purchased the initial
kit that the refills
are not that expensive so your cost/test will drop.
I prefer HACH and Lamotte as do many other list members but I also know
people who swear by
Sera, Tetra, red Sea, et al. IMHO the "best" manufacturer depends on the
(ie NO3 HACH kit cat#14161-00, Lamotte ph). I use different Manufactures
conclusions I reached in my researching the specific accuracy/usability of
I did this research primarily by doing a search on the archives for each
by manufacturer name and was able to come up with posts that broke them down
Your mileage may vary.
I will say that I really like the HACH indicator wheel as far as
readability is concerned. By the way
HACH is best ordered directly from HACH while I believe some of the mail
order houses still stock
Lamotte. If you get confused by catalogue numbers, as I did, post or email
me and I will try to help.
On another note it was recently posted that Lamotte has discontinued their
6.0-7.4 kit :-(.
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