- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 8.9 x 11.8 cm ; 522 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Item Model Number: 34
- ASIN: B000255NCI
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 24 January 2018
- Customer Reviews: 5,525 customer ratings
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
4,236 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
- #9 in Aquarium Test Kits
API Test Kit
- Helps monitor water quality and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and cause fish loss
- Accurately monitors 5 most vital water parameters levels in freshwater aquariums: pH, High Range PH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate.
- Designed for use in freshwater aquariums only
- Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
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This piece of kit saved my fish, and wouldn’t use anything else and it’s easy to use.
1) 4 test tubes
2) 2x ammonia bottles
3) 2x nitrate bottles
4) 1 x nitrite bottle
5) 1x ph up bottle
6) 1x ph down bottle
7) and a colour card.
8) instruction booklet (but has instructions on the bottles of the drops to put in)
So instead of buying the strips buy the API master kit, I know it’s expensive but worth every penny in my eyes.
One thing is for sure I won’t be using strips again due to the false readings, once I run out I’ll be buying this kit again, and the kit will last along time.
Will definitely buy again when this kit runs out (not entirely sure how long it will last) ammonia showed 1ppm on my 1st test (should be 0plm) which made me do a slightly higher water change than planned, now little buster (my betta fish) seems much happier! I have put the instructions below after watching a really helpful video online:
Fill each test tube with 5ml of water from the aquarium, be sure when adding solutions to hold bottles upside down (not angled) to ensure uniform drops. Ammonia and nitrate solutions have 2 bottles per test, make sure to read which bottle to use first.
PH- shake bottle a few times, add 3 drops to test tube, add cap to tube and shake gently a few times. Results are instant.
High PH- shake bottle a few times, add 5 drops, add cap to test tube and shake gently a few times. Results are instant.
Ammonia- Bottle 1: shake gently a few times, add 8 drops to test tube. Bottle 2: shake gently a few times, add 8 drops to same test tube. Add cap to tube and shake VIGOROUSLY for 5 seconds. Results ready in 5 MINUTES.
Nitrite: shake bottle gently a few times, add 5 drops, add cap to tube and shake gently a few times.
Nitrate (read carefully) bottle 1: shake gently a few times, add 10 drops to test tube. Bottle 2: shake VIGOROUSLY for 30 seconds, add 10 drops to same test tube, add cap to tube and shake VIGOROUSLY for ONE MINUTE. Results ready in 5 MINUTES.
Hope this review has helped, happy fishkeeping!
It should last for a year as I only test the water when I suspect issues. I perform a 10% water change each week on my 200 litre tank. And a 20% change once a month. This keeps the parameters level and dissipates any ammonia and toxins. Together with a shallow gravel substrate which I vacuum once a month combined with not over feeding I'm pleased to report good water parameters exist in my tank. I have a happy community of fish. I also use an external filter which I clean every couple of months. Hope that helps.
It's very important to read the instructions very carefully and follow them, as some complaints particularly about the nitrate test are due to not following the instructions.
To make best use of this test kit you really need to understand the Nitrogen Cycle - don't Google it, DuckDuckGo it!
Can't beat this price.
Instructions aren't hard either like some things.
1. Explains the substance your going to test.
2. what solutions to mix with your aquarium water for the results and colour coding on the back of the book.
3. How often each one should be took.
It saves keep going to aquarium places to get it tested and the kit is supposed to be 100% sure where the strips only give a rough idea apparently.
The only thing I would say is that it is a bit tricky measuring the colour of a transparent liquid against a solid block colour on a chart but it's clear enough to understand what your chemical balance is so not a big problem.
PS I saw that someone complained that there are only 4 test tubes and 5 tests but that's because there is a PH test and a high level PH test. there is no point doing both. If you do the basic PH once and it comes up at the highest reading then going forward you know you need to use the advanced one.
I bought this despite its salty price, because of the many positive reviews and because it is 'amazon choice'. I found the tests extremely fiddly to carry out. You first measure exactly 5ml of tank water in various flasks for the various tests you want to do - one flask for each test (five tests, four flasks, go figure). You then pour exactly certain amount of drops from each test tube. To add insult to injury, the amount of drops differs for each test and some tests require you to pour successively from two different test tubes. All this is accompanied by vigorous shaking and waiting for results to come out, again it is different for each test.
I am no scientist but I am pretty sure their ammonia test is inaccurate as I could never get a zero result (yellow colour) even when testing on my potable tap water. It seems to settle for the greenish 0.25ppm result.
I went the other day to my local pet shop and they did a free water test for me with a strip - all results on one small strip dipped into the water. Boy, why did I pick that up for a fraction of the price ?! Again, if you are an expert fish keeper, keeping fish worth hundreds of pounds, apologies. But for mere mortals, I'd stay away from this high-tech laboratory. Get yourselves test strips.