Monitor Water Quality

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Hello all!

I am planning to buy a product to test my water parameter.

I found some thing in the market but really no idea which one to buy.


1st method (cost me approx - $25): Seachem pH and Ammonia Alert. (Missing here Nitrite and Nitrate) - I need to test them all the day and as per manufacture instruction it will lost for a year.



2nd Method (cost approx - $50): API Freshwater master test kit (All test includede) - may be I need to test them only once or twice.



please help me choose the right product.


Edit: Recommended API Freshwater master test kit - Reason accurate result.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Monitor Water Qulaity

The Master kit is the one. You need to monitor ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Ph is really not as important, more of a secondary parameter. The alert thing is a waste, it only tells you a piece of the story, if it works??


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DRACO replied the topic: Monitor Water Qulaity

you can use your fish as your test kit...
whenever they change the breathing... say gasping for air
or breathing heavy except after big meal, do large water change...
i've doing that for so long... no test kit at all.... but need to know the trade...
but if you are not sure about it... LIQUID TEST KIT is a must!
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BegineerOscar replied the topic: Monitor Water Qulaity

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I really like the way you keep your fish.

I am getting my testing kit to test both my tap water and Aquarium water to know how the quality differs.
Realized Fish-keeping hobby requires more effort and money.
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DRACO replied the topic: Monitor Water Qulaity

actually, i do not see it that way....
in my case keeping fish is more economical than those smoking...
i do not get sick, and i enjoy watching them...
i even save some money instead of watching movies,
i prefer to watch my fish LOL!
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BegineerOscar replied the topic: Monitor Water Qulaity

That is true. Many spend money on drinking alcohol, Smoking and etc..., which has side effects or may damage/kills.

Appreciate that fish-keeping keeps you away from all theses evil stuffs. ;)



Update: I got API Freshwater Master testing kit. Will check today my water quality. Correct me if I am wrong, Oscar fish recommended water parameters as follows:

Ammonia (NH3) - 0 ppm
Nitrite (NO2−) - 0 ppm
Nitrate (NO− 3) - < 40 ppm
pH - 6-7.5
Temperature - 74° and 81° F (23.5° and 27° C)
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Monitor Water Qulaity

Correct with zeros on ammonia and nitrite. Prolonged exposure to nitrate over 20 will lead to problems.40 is very dangerous. I personally strive to keep nitrate closer to 10. I also keep Oscars in the low 80's for temps. Mid 70's is a tad cool for Amazon fish imo. Not terrible, but a bit uncomfortable.


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