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  1. I've been using the Coop's Ammonia test strips and I've noticed that they get bluer (indicating more ammonia) after they've come out of the water and sat for 10-20 seconds. I'm wondering when I'm supposed to read them. Is it immediately after it comes out of the water, or should I wait?
  2. Hey all, while moving I found a couple of solutions I could use to make a quick video about our test strips. Just thought I'd make them for the forum to put people's minds at ease to the accuracy. By no means is this a scientific controlled environment. Instead it's much closer to your home use. These are just some unlisted videos that can help when people are wondering about the strips around on the forum. Nitrate Test 150ppm: Ph Test 7.0
  3. So, I've been using API 5 in 1 test strips for a while. I recently got some 6 in 1 strips from Aquarium Co-op. Today, I tested and my GH was 300 ppm. It's normally 30 ppm. So, I looked in the API can and found one last lonely test strip, tested my water and ... 30 ppm. I tested again with the Aquarium Co-op strip and got 300 ppm again. All the other tests on the strip are reasonably well matched. Has anyone else run across this?
  4. I have noticed that the longer I wait to read my Co-op test strips the nitrate color changes. It will show one color at 1 minute and 2-5 minutes will have a darker nitrate color. The bottle says to read at 60 seconds but I'm nervous about the higher nitrate reading after a longer period of time. Advice and/or thoughts?
  5. I've been using a big name test strips and fighting to get the nitrates down because they were always at 80ppm. I just started using the Co-op's strips and the nitrates are 10ppm so I tested with the kit. The Co-op's strips are right.
  6. Does anyone know if the test strips are accurate when used in saltwater?
  7. Started my 37 gals around July 8, planted 1 Dwarf Sagittaria, 1 water sprite, 1 baby tears and 1 red melon sword. I cycled my water for about 3 weeks using prime, stability, Fluval hang back filter with sponge, carbon and bio wheels. last week I added an established filter sponge from local fish store along with 6 male guppies. I'm hoping to add more community fishes each week. Now can someone help me understand my water reading, I'm using aquarium co-op test strips. What ranges do i want to be in for community tank along with future shrimps. Nitrate --- 10-25 Nitrite --- 0 Hardness --- Hard --- 150 Buffer KHPPM --- 0 PH --- Low --- 6.4 Ammonia PPM --- 0 is my water ok or should I be in full on panic? any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you
  8. What is the best nitrate test product in your opinion? One of the solutions mentioned to deal with nitrate is to add a additive with pre-developed bacteria. Some of the videos speak of adding the bacteria to a tank which is unpopulated? Is it possible to add one of these additives to a tank without harming fish? Do you have a favorite brand? I have done so many water changes that my nitrites are nothing, but my nitrates are high. It is a 40 gallon tank with 10 fish now, so it could create nitrites quickly. The aquarium is planted a bit with a canister filter.
  9. I have assumed so far to get the reading at the 60 second mark for the Aquarium Co Op test strips, however I do notice the colors continue to develop long after the 60 second mark. Should I be waiting for the color that it eventually turns into at around like 5 minutes?
  10. Hello everyone! I'm having difficulty reading my water test strips. If you look at the attached photo, the KH square is blotchy and could be a couple different colors. Most of the time the pH and and GH squares are blotchy too. Do I read the darkest color or lightest? Am I waiting too long to read? Not long enough? Bad batch? I'm following the instructions exactly, swirl for 3 seconds, keep flat, then read after 60 sec. This picture was taken right at 60 seconds. Any help is appreciated as I'm trying to balance a planted tank and I just don't have confidence in the water conditions to know what adjustments I can or should make.
  11. Today on the live stream @Cory said he couldn't replicate the pH reading problem and that kinda bummed me out because I've spent a lot of time and energy and test strips trying to figure it out and I posted in another thread how to replicate it and what I think may be going on. Since Cory didn't respond maybe some of you could help me see if its just my strips or if its a repeatable issue. Could someone with a pH probe or the API liquid test take distilled water and add a tiny bit of baking soda lye aka sodium hydroxide (it doesn't take a lot to over shoot, but you can always dilute it if you do) until you get ~pH 8 water. Then test with the strips and compare the results. For me, my strips still read below 7 when I do this. Which is enough inaccuracy that I care about it, even for fish keeping.
  12. So I've been cycling a 75 gallon with a seeded sponge, (used ammonia to 4ppm during the final week of the sponge seeding in my established tank (6 weeks total). and have been using an API test kit for ammonia tests, and everything is going well. I've been using the test strips to test nitrite/nitrate, because its just easier than the liquid tests. Today I decided to try the liquid tests to compare, and I ran into a snag with the nitrite. The API test is showing 0 nitrite and 10 nitrate. The test strips are showing max level of nitrite and around 20ppm nitrate. I have a second test kit, and tried the same tests, and got the same results. One kit expires on 1/2025 and the other is 3/2024, and I did shake the ever living crap out of the bottles. I then tried the strip in my established aquarium and it showed 0 nitrite/trate. This leads me to believe that somehow both bottles of the API kits are bad? Does anyone have any other possible idea why I would come across this issue? Thanks
  13. Alright so I recently picked up some test strips from the Coop. I tested on of my seasoned tanks and got a reading of 6.4 ph. (Tank has crushed coral mixed in with gravel). After testing with the strips I tested with my api liquid test kit because the 6.4 reading seemed way off what I usually keep my tanks at. The api kit gave a reading of 7.2 ph. I repeated these tests several times on multiple tanks all with the same result of my ph reading low on all my tanks according to the test strip and around 7.2 with api kit. My question is could there be somthing in my water affecting the ph reading on the strips? All other measurements on the strips match up (within reason) with the api kit. I love the strips im just lost on why I keep getting a reading of 6.4. If anyone has any inside ide appreciate it.
  14. Hello, @Cory I have a question about the Ammonia test strips. What type of test are they. I am starting a new tank and was putting in Ammonium Chloride (DR. Tims) to do a fishless cycle. I put in the stated amount for my tank waited 30 min to all mix together and test with the strip but the test strip said I had hardly any so I added a bit more ammonia. Waited 30 more min but the reading in the strip did not change. I found that odd so I broke out my API test kit and the ammonia was reading off the charts high. I had to do a large water change to bring it down to get the 3 ppm level I was looking for. My guess is that the reagent that is used in the strip does not react with ammonium chloride but would like to confirm this as to help others who may want to start the cycle in their tank in this manner. I absolutely love the multi test strips they have made my life much easier lol. Has anyone else experienced this?
  15. So curious which one should I trust. Co-op strips shows 6.8 but could be 7.2 PH. But master kit shows 7.6-7.8 PH
  16. So for me I’m seeing maybe 5 nitrate 0 nitrite GH around 75 to 150 KH 40 to 150 PH around 7 what y’all think
  17. I've been using the Aquarium co-op test strips and they are so easy to use that I've been getting low on them and decided to try the API Master test kit, it was on sale. I used the API kit and the only test that gave me pause was the Ph results, the Co-op test strips said I had 6.4-6.8 Ph But the master test kit says I have a Ph of 7.6 there was no green in that blue vial, so really concerned. I had a digital Ph tester that I have only used a couple of times it's a pain to use but it gave a Ph reading of 7.04... which one do I trust? I have noticed the test strip colors tend to run and so I will use 2 or more strips at a time to figure out a consistent reading but these numbers seem way off from each other. Co-op Ph 6.4-6.8 API Ph 7.6 Digital Ph 7.04 I
  18. Good morning, everyone. I finally put my first tank ever together yesterday (Penn Plax 10 gallon Radius, Fluval stratum, inert large grain sand, slate, sand-blasted manzanita wood, Cardinal plant, red undulata, Cardinalis (all Top Fin tissue culture plants) API Quick Start and API Stress Coat +) and did a water test this morning to get an idea of where I am starting. If I'm reading this right, my pH is low, and my water is hard as nails. What, if anything should I be doing, please? Thank you in advance. Shirl PS: Cory, if you see this, you weren't kidding about how quiet that USB air pump is. It's wonderful. PSS: I already moved the heater down so the water is above the water line on the tube.
  19. I love the new test strips but was thinking about sustainability. I'm assuming the white strip part of the test strips is plastic. Is there a different material that would be more eco friendly or biodegradable that would still work? Just wondering if during the product development cycle this was something that was looked into.
  20. I use ammonia test strips and liquid test kits it seems.hit and miss with the ammonia test strips I have used in the past
  21. I just bought the 200 test strips. The color for the hardness doesn’t seem to be right, it’s probably me I will include a photo. Any ideas? Thanks
  22. Will the co-op multi test strips work for an outdoor pond?
  23. So I set up my 55g, it's doing pretty good at the moment, but I keep having issues when testing my water. When I use either the Aquarium Co-op or API test strips, my PH reads around 6.8 - 7, but when I use the API liquid test (high range) it says it's about an 8. My KH is 4 and GH is 6. Any idea what is happening? All the tests are fresh, but I can't figure out why the PH reading is so different between them.
  24. Anyone one else having issue with the GH/Hardness with deciphering the odd color?
  25. Good day! I am curious, currently use the Tetra test strip, but will be changing to the Coops once I'm in need. My question is, does the Coops turn the same color as the Tetras? The color key on my bottle got wet and the page got stuck together. I know the Coops comes with a laminated result color key, so would like to be able to use if the tests turn the same colors. Thanks for anyone's help!
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