Top critical review
Useful strips but no ammonia test included.
on 2 June 2018
Firstly it was my own fault but I misread the listing and thought that Ammonia was included in the tests. It is not so probably the most important parameter when setting up an aquarium is missing from this kit. Secondly, you should check your local supplier because when I went in to buy some ammonia test strips, I found these strips at only £5! Again, this is entirely my fault and I should have checked the retail price locally before ordering but I am a sucker for a crossed out price and I genuinely believed the normal price to be £12.99!
Third, probably the 2 most important tests on these strips for an amateur aquarist are nitrite and nitrate. I personally found the nitrite test rather difficult to read as the difference between negative and 1ppm is tiny in terms of pink colour. The nitrate test is easy to read. I had my pH tested properly by a meter and the result (7.2) agrees perfectly with the strip result. The chlorine test is very useful since it allows you to make sure that when you treat water ready for water changes, you have successfully neutralised all the chlorine in it! All in all the strips are useful enough to me for me to keep them, but I will probably not buy them again.