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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
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