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  1. I noticed that the new Aquarium Co-op strips test for chlorine, my question is, does that include chloramines as well? Im assuming that they don't.
  2. I have a question about the Aquarium Co-Op ammonia test strips that I am embarrassed to ask. I know it states in the directions that the test strip should be read immediately, but it seems the color will change after a few seconds of being out of the water. Should I consider the reading I have of .5 ppm right out of the water as correct, or the reading 5 seconds later of 1 ppm? Thanks in advance for any replies.
  3. Hi everyone, I've been using my Aquarium co-op test strip for about two weeks now and I'm loving them, but I've noticed the readings I get with them are different than the ones I get with my API test kit (not the strips, the tubes). I'm more inclined to trust the test strips than the API kit because I know how much testing goes into Aquarium Co-op products, but I was wondering if anyone had similar experiences, and what ended up happening.
  4. 55gl 4 months old at 80ish, one canister, one hang on the back with aragonite and a mesh filter bag. stocking, duckweed, hornwort, bell pepper and an unknown plant. pestnails, 12 MTS, 10ish guppies 3 Pilates 4 Molly's and a 7-in pleco, (bad test strip ph7.2) retest 4x ph6.4, gh 300+, kh 120ish. A 0, NI 0, NA 30-40 Does anyone know why my guppies and platys are all hiding up in the corner directly under the outlet of the canister filter, cuz the Molly's and the Pleco are still running around just fine only changed 5gl 3 days ago and the only thing different is I did not add salt back to the water I changed, and some of them are diving to the bottom and rubbing into the sand like trying to wipe something off of themselves for about a week, hence why I changed water and did not add salt, so I don't know what they're doing, do 1 of y'all of know (edit 3 I think I have bad strips and kits, strip 1 ph 7.2 - 7.6 strips 2,3,4,5, 6.4, 7.6 6.4 6.4, api test kit low ph sold 7.6, high ph 7.8 maybe a 8, so still idk I guess the mystery just gets thicker)
  5. Hey everyone just wanted to get some opinions possibly a poll on the best water test kit you guys recommend? Is it the ease of use? Or price? Or just the quality of the testing kit? I’m currently running the tetra 5panel easy strips seems somewhat accurate I hope and price match on petco for $8 🤗
  6. I received my latest order from Aquarium Co-op. My shrimp have been loving their Xtreme Shrimpee Sticks. My duck weed happily joined in to welcome the new test strips. And this bad boy was put on the fish journal! Yep...pretty good day!!! 😄 Alesha
  7. I picked up the new test strips today. And I love how they are more nitrate sensitive 0,20,40,80 wasn't great especially when 20 was really hard to see, so 10,25,50 seems perfect to me. I thought I'd share my experience with the new coop test strips, since they're not quite working for me and maybe someone has a solution or knows if there could be something about my water that interferes. The strips are reading a bit funny for me though. According to my API test kit (directions followed exactly, even spending a *** minute shaking the second bottle and tube after mixing) i had 5-10 last night so i dosed 2x easy green (that should add 6ppm nitrate). Today I measured again expected to see 10-15 nitrates, so a 10 or 25 on the strip and it came out a perfect color match for 50. So I got out my API kit again today and using the api kit I got 10-20 (<40, I can't tell 10 and 20 apart but it was under 40 for sure). The nitrite read 0, no surprise. The GH read 300ppm(!!!) for my seattle water with a small dose of equilibrium. My API titration test puts me at about 7 degrees ~= 125ppm. I'm not shocked though since the API test strips didn't work at all for me. KH came out in agreement with the API test 4degrees/drops on the api test 80ppm on the strip. The api test strips always gave me garbage readings on kh. ph came in between 6.8 and 7.2, API strips always say about 7.0, but API liquid always comes in at 7.8. So no worse than the other strips but still a head scratcher to me. I've never tested chlorine before so it was cool to have it. I got 1.5 out of my tap (and 0 in my aquarium) which seems reasonable probably means I can use half the suggested amount of prime which is nice to know.
  8. Today I did a side by side comparison of the new Aquarium Coop test strips, and the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. Every test but one was spot on identical results! My API test showed GH around 160, the multi test strip looked like it was indicating around 300. Over the next few days I will perform more side by side testing on my other 15 tanks, but I am hopeful that the strips will continue to perform well. Wouldn't it be nice to have confidence in a quick dip in all my tanks, instead of the more complicated, messy, error prone liquid kit, for quick check ups? Fingers crossed.
  9. I've been at this for several years now and with multiple tanks set up. My maintenance schedule has been erratic due to the pandemic and a planned move. I did not realize how badly one of my tanks needed some work until I hit up the multitest strip and now I'm realizing why I have some problems! If you're new to the hobby, test that water. If you're not new to the hobby...test that water. Needless to say, these fish look a lot happier.
  10. I've always questioned the accuracy of test strips and have often times received weird results from them. Yesterday, I tested my display tank for nitrates. I'm trying to keep it at a level of nitrates adequate for good plant growth. I figured this would be ideal for the test strips as I could easily test it daily. My test strip showed zero nitrates in the tank. While this tank doesn't have a huge bio-load, I do add fertilizer regularly so this result didn't seem plausible. I pulled out my API Master test kit which revealed a level of 80 ppm. Are these test strips just completely worthless or is it just me? Is there another way for me to quickly and easily test nitrates in a tank?
  11. Hey, I have just tested my tap water my readings came out with 0 Chlorine 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates Should I trust this reading? Does this mean i dont need water conditioner?
  12. I lost the sheet to tell me what this means can someone help me out.
  13. I am confused when reading the results of my testing kit. My API reads as follows (remember, I don't think it is done cycling) PH 7.4, PH high range 8.4, AMMONIA .20, NITRITE 2.0, NITRATE 5.0. MY TEST STRIPS: PH 7.2, CLORINE 0, HARDNESS 300, NITRITE 10, NITRATE 20, AMMONIA 0. I tested twice with API. I'm not sure how to compare the two or if it is even necessary. I am really confused about API high range ph ( it has never been that high) and nitrites and nitrates. Should I do a water change or wait and let it continue to cycle? My betta seems to be very happy. I would like to add 6 cherry barbs but hesitate to do anything until I can make sense of my testing.
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