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API Freshwater Master Test Kit
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- Over 800 tests
- Kit includes laminated color card, 4 test tubes and holding tray
- Includes instruction booklet on how to correct unsafe water conditions
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From the Manufacturer
API has been an aquatics industry leader for over 40 years, and we are committed to developing the best products and solutions to simplify the care of aquariums and ponds.
API Freshwater Master Test Kit
Taking a few minutes each week to maintain and monitor aquarium conditions is the key to a healthy aquarium. The FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT tests the parameters that affect the health of freshwater fish: pH, High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. The FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT is highly accurate and economical, and includes a computer calibrated, laminated color card, 4 test tubes and holding tray. The FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT comes with a complete, step-by-step instruction booklet, including information on how to correct unsafe water conditions.
- Tests pH, High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate
- Includes all tests required to test the nitrogen cycle
- Fast, easy and accurate
- Economical - conducts 800+ tests
- Compact to store at home
API Makes it Simpler
Follow the API EASY CARE GUIDE steps to simplify aquarium care.
Regular testing of key water parameters is an essential part of routine aquarium maintenance. Levels should be tested weekly to make sure they do not reach undesirable levels, as well as when a problem appears.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you keep freshwater fish, you will need this test kit. It contains all the must know tests to ensure your water quality is up to par for your tropical fish. The importance of a kit like this really shines while you are cycling a tank and it's critical you know how the cycle is progressing. A liquid test kit like this one is far more accurate than using strips, and is cheaper in the long run.
A brand new aquarium will experience what is called a cycle. Fish produce waste in the form of Ammonia, which is pretty toxic to the fish and has long term health effects, and possibly death. Bacteria that naturally exists everywhere in the air will enter the tank and feed off the ammonia. The bacteria produce Nitrite as a waste and unfortunately this is even more toxic to fish than the original ammonia was. However, again, there is a natural bacteria in the air that will enter the tank and consume the Nitrite, and in the process produce Nitrate (with an a). Nitrate, again, is toxic to fish but they can tolerate it far better than ammonia or nitrite.
A tank is fully cycled when both Ammonia and Nitrite (with an i) are 0 ppm and you have some reading of Nitrate (with an a).
And this is why this test kit comes in handy, it contains tests for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, and high range pH. You'll likely only use one or the other for pH depending on what your tap water is (acidic or basic).
All of the tests are easy to perform, and the kit comes with 4 test tubes allowing you to perform all of the needed tests at once. A word of caution, follow the directions closely for the Nitrate test, it requires you to shake the #2 reagent bottle for a period of time. This is essential for an accurate reading.Read more ›
FYI each bottle has a printed "Lot Number" on the back, the last four digits of which are the month and year of manufacture. Anything over three years or so is getting old, and you'll probably want an exchange unless you test with great frequency. These chems definitely have a finite shelf life.
Oh, and anyone who has live plants in a tank will want phosphates and KH test kits as well.
I do have an added tip for all you PetSmart/PetCo shopppers. Print out this page and take it in and they will price match. The PetSmart (instore) price is $29.99 and after showing them the ad I saved over $13, and I didn't even have to pay for shipping! :) GREAT DEAL!!!
Oct. 28, 2012:
This test kit has been very useful. I am very happy with the test kit. It is easy to use and has helped my greatly in keeping my aquarium water correct.
1) buying here saves you about 50% from the retail pet store
2) you get 800+ tests for ~ $17 vs. 25 tests w/ strips
3) results are far more accurate with liquid test kits like this one when compared to dipsticks
Note that of the 5 tests you can do with this, three of them require 5 minute waits before you read the colors, so it's not as fast as a dipstick. But honestly, this is such an economic choice, and it's accuracy far exceeds quick strips that it's ridiculous to buy them. Get this kit!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dont waste your money on test strips, even if you cut them in half.
I run an overstocked tank so I do weekly water changes and test water 2x per weak.
This is perfect for people who have an aquarium at home. Love the quality and its price. Totally reliable and long lasting!Published 5 days ago by Manuel Richards
I purchased this to monitor the water parameters for my mbuna tank. It's extremely easy and quick to use for checking all of your most important water parameters and ensuring your... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Maggie2324
probably the best value for a test kit that is available. This same kit retails for over $40 and the local pet store. Read morePublished 8 days ago by 0rion
This is a great addition to the fish tank care box,the only thing needed,for me anyway was a medicine
dispenser which makes it much easier to both get water from the tank for... Read more
I wanted to say I found the right test tube stoppers that fit the API test tubes. Any sized #00 stopper will work I believe size #000 will also work but I have not confirmed that... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tazman
only 1 trick. instead of 5 cc use 1.5 and you can reduce the drops for testing proportionally. Met an exoert who uses the same kit and taught me that.Published 11 days ago by Bruce Hector M.D.