View Full Version : tabs, dip pads, drops--testkit preference

02-06-2004, 12:08 PM
would love to hear comments on type of test kits forum members use or prefer--ie drops and vials, dry tabs, and/or dip strips

thanks as usual.


02-10-2004, 08:26 PM
was really hoping someone would respond to this posting.

Freddy J
02-10-2004, 11:19 PM
I use the Freshwater Master Kit by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc. I had to buy the nitrate test solution separately. The kit is easy to use and accurate. I do weekly 25% water changes on my tanks. I usually test my water parameters twice a month. I've never had a water issue after properly cycling a tank.

02-11-2004, 06:25 PM
I like the tabs, drops are a pain in the arse.

02-11-2004, 06:49 PM
tabs it is for me and for always, they are no hassle, no BS

02-11-2004, 07:08 PM
I like the drops myself.. ..I don't find them to be much of a hassel:ugly1:

02-13-2004, 09:35 PM
I use drops, but I loved chemistry class in school. Tetra Laborett and Aquarium Pharmacuticals, 2 full kits, as we have tank at store and 2 at house. I prefer A.P. (better value, simpler ammonia and nitrite process), but only have A.P nitrate kit. Don't like that one at all - almost impossible to tell difference between adjacent colors (for 20, 40, 80). 0, 5, 10, and 160 are fairly distinct colors. Any reccomendations on a kit with better color separation?

02-13-2004, 09:48 PM
Dip strips. I get them online for very little money.

02-17-2004, 05:03 PM
It really all dedpends on what you would like to test for on a regular basis.

Basic Kit: Tetra Laborett

More extensive: Hagen Master kit and even comes with a nice hard case