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API Fresh/Saltwater Nitrate Test Kit

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API Fresh/Saltwater Nitrate Test Kit + API Nitrite Test Kit for Salt/Freshwater (180 Tests) 120g + API Ammonia Test Kit for Freshwater 120g
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Technical Details
Item Weight113 g
Product Dimensions7 x 4.1 x 13 cm
Item model numberLR1800
Weight115 Grams
Quantity1
Batteries RequiredNo
Batteries IncludedNo
  
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Best Sellers Rank 12,749 in Pet Supplies (See top 100)
Shipping Weight136 g
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Date First Available18 Jun. 2007
  
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Product Description

The build up of nitrates in the water is one of the first signs of dropping water quality. While nitrate isnt as immediately dangerous to fish as ammonia and nitrite high nitrate levels are associated with general poor health. High nitrate levels will also cause rapid and often uncontrollable algae growth. Weekly testing of nitrate levels is recommended.

Specification

Measures nitrate levels from 0.0 to 160.0 ppm. 90 Tests. Fresh and salt water use. Accurate dropper bottles for easy dispensing. Easy to understand instructions. Laminated colour chart. Glass test tube. Snap tight test tube cap. Child resistant safety cap.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adrian TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 April 2013
Not sure what issue the previous purchaser had but in April 2013 this clearly shows on Amazon website to be API Fresh/Salt water Nitrate - so it will work with any Aquarium type (and probably ponds too) and only test for Nitrate. Also, it is certainly cheaper on Amazon than in our local Aquarium Shop. If you want Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate in one kit then expect to pay a lot more than this kit will cost

For novice/hobby fish keepers like us I think this (Nitrate) is the most useful test kit to have

Ammonia and Nitrite really shouldn't be a problem in a well established and sensibly filled tank, once it has run a few weeks the bacteria in the tank will be turning these other things to less harmful Nitrate. The Nitrate wont go away and builds up in the tank

We used to test for Ammonia and Nitrite religiously (they are very toxic to fish) but from about 6 weeks after set up they never got above zero. If you are setting up a new tank and rushing things (too quickly adding too many fish) these can become a real issue but mostly - in my view - test kits for these two could be money wasted for the average hobby fish keeper. All you really need to do with a new tank is allow at least a week off running without fish (pref more) then add something small and hardy to help build up the bacteria in the tank - weekly 20% water changes (with TapSafe or equiv) for 6 weeks and the tank should be running great and ready for more occupants

A weekly/fortnightly check of Nitrate (not that toxic anyhow) is helpful to make sure the ongoing water changes are keeping things under control. A kit this size will last at least 2 years of regular use, so even though it seems a lot to pay for what it is, in the scheme of things it is ok.

1/2 Star knocked off for being pricey (or me being a bit tight) and 1/2 for the test tube leaking slightly sometimes when you shake it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Konrad on 29 Nov. 2013
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I have found this test kit easy to use and have confidence in its accuracy to detect nitrate in the aquarium water. Knowing what the nitrate level is to begin with in the domestic tap water supply I have been able to gauge the increase by comparison following the aquarium water test. I have found that the colour achieved from the two tests is very similar so from this I deduce that the aquarium water is being well filtered, ammonia/ammonium levels are low and that safe nitrate levels are being achieved. The tap water where I live has reasonably low levels of nitrate so any large increase would indicate a problem in my aquarium. You must make this comparison as you cannot be sure without it if the nitrate is being 'manufactured' by the fish or is already in the water. The test card with the colour comparison check list is quite difficult to read at low levels where the orange colours are so close together. However, the very low and very high readings (colours) would be easy to differentiate as they are so different in colour. Inspect under natural lighting conditions and hold the test tube to the side of the test card as holding it against the opaque test card makes the reading look darker than it actually is. The kit will enable many tests to be carried out so it really is value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Watkins on 12 Jan. 2015
This review is from: API Fresh/Saltwater Nitrate Test Kit . I have a freshwater aquarium, and have been completely frustrated, trying to tell exactly what the results show when using this product. To me, the red showing a level of 40 ppm., is identical to the red showing a level of 80 ppm, and depending where you hold the vial, and in what type of light, you can make the reading pretty much anything you choose. As 40 ppm is a safe level, and 80 ppm is not, it is important to know the correct level, but I was left as uninformed after testing the water as I was before. I wanted to buy the Salifert brand of nitrate tester, which came highly recommended, but all their products are for marine aquaria only, so now I've just purchased the Tetra nitrate test kit, which I hope will give me a clear and accurate reading. There are no reviews on that as yet, but I'll add one as soon as I find out how well it works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on 21 May 2014
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I am a beginner at this hobby. I have bought a number of different things and I am sure some of the professionals will say I didn't need halve of it! This kit is easy to use but for me the colour gauge/chart doesn't seem to be very clear. I use it anyway and I haven't lost any fish yet and my tank is always clean.....so with all the "stuff", I must be doing it "ok"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave C VINE VOICE on 27 July 2014
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This is so much better than the Tetra 6in1 strips I'd been using before. They were seriously useless for gauging readings. The downer with this specific kit is all the shaking needed of the bottles before testing - a minute seems short but then seems to drag forever. Do make sure you do it tho otherwise you may get poor results. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 8 Sept. 2013
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I like these API test kits as I can see the colour changes better, lots of nitrate kits are shades of purple which I am colour blind to

Very easy to use but remember to shake bottle two for at least thirty seconds or your test is not correct
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mjc on 4 Dec. 2013
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I always use this product so that I can keep my fish safe in quality water and this is a quck way to check if you need to do a water change.
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