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  1. Hi guys..... I believe the most popular and efficient water test kit, as I believe you will agree, is the API Freshwater master Test Kit. What is the only downside of using this kit? Answer: The solution for testing Nitrate and Ammonia runs out way before the rest of the solutions (i.e. NitrIte and pH). A quick tip, which I have used successfully for a while now is to....... Take one of the test tubes and mark 2.5 ml on the side of the glass (I used some Tipex tape) ..... image below: N.B. Position the tape so that the lower edge measures 2.5 ml. Complete the tests in the normal manner, except in the case of the Ammonia test, use 4 drops of solution instead of the normal 8 that you would in a 5 ml measure (In the case of the Nitrate test use 5 instead of 10 drops).The results will be exactly the same, see image below: The same is true of the Nitrate test, image below: I have been practicing this method for many months now....prior to my idea, I was finding that the Nitrate and Ammonia solutions were running out months before the remaining Nitrite and pH solutions ..... causing me to buy new kits until I had Nitrite and pH solutions coming out of my ears!! Previously I found a kit lasting me about 9 months (based on my personal tank usage) before the testing took its' toll on the Nitrate and Ammonia solution stocks, and I had to purchase another just to replenish these two. Using this method, I have used the same kit for 12 months, and all the solution levels remaining are the same (or there about, the equal level). I would estimate that this kit will last me at least another 6 months.... doubling the original longevity of the kit. I hope this helps!!! Take care..... This post has been promoted to an article
  2. Hello! I thought I would make a video about how to properly test nitrates using the API Freshwater Master Test Kit, as not many people test them correctly. This post has been promoted to an article
  3. Hello everyone! I was looking around for an affordable canister filter and I came across the API Nexx. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this filter and what you think about it. Here is a link to the filter. I watched some Youtube videos about it and it seem pretty awesome. http://www.amazon.com/API-770A-Nexx-Filter/dp/B0056GOO7I/ref=sr_1_26?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1353295525&sr=1-26 Thanks in advance!
  4. Hello everyone! I hope this is in the right place! I have run into a problem with my api test tube from the api master kit, I somehow managed to forget one and not rinse it, and now its tinted yellow-y anyone else had this problem? I found api's manufacturer, and they sell the individual test tubes for about 1.99 so its no biggie, just wondering if it was possible to get in un-tinted? thanks!
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