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    Thread: Test kit?

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      Test kit?

      Is the pond api test kit the go to test kit to buy for a koi pond. I noticed it doesn’t have a kh test. Is there some better kit to buy?


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      Quote Originally Posted by szweier View Post
      Is the pond api test kit the go to test kit to buy for a koi pond. I noticed it doesn’t have a kh test. Is there some better kit to buy?


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      i have been using api for years .just buy a kh test kit with it

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      I bought one of these

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000255NCI

      Then this as well.

      https://www.amazon.com/API-TEST-Fres...dp/B003SNCHMA/

      Covers most everything.

      I also have a seneye and a few different PH meters to keep my seneye honest lol.
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      The Freshwater Master Test Kit is the one you should have purchased. As it measures nitrates as well. So you would need to buy the nitrate one separately.

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      I bought both, I just posted the wrong one, will fix.

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      So the freshwater kit instead of the pond one. Interesting. Thanks for the info


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      Freshwater Master Test Kit plus KH/GH test kit.
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      If looking for a good "master test kit" we use

      https://koienterprise.com/Test-Kits/...it-p-1045.html

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      API’s master fresh water kit nitrate chart has the same color for 40ppm and 80ppm - at this range, you cannot tell what you get!

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      Odd, isn't it? The Pond Kit has a *wide* range pH test kit which is too broad. The Freshwater Kit has the *high* range pH. That's the one you want.
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      Quote Originally Posted by socalaker View Post
      API’s master fresh water kit nitrate chart has the same color for 40ppm and 80ppm - at this range, you cannot tell what you get!

      Correct! It is very frustrating. I think it is really important to distinguish the difference between 40 and 80 as a pond with 80 is much dirtier than a pond of 40. This should help:

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      I prefer the wide range ph test over the high range, because it can detect a ph crash. (Of course a kh test is a good indicator of that too.)

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      Quote Originally Posted by socalaker View Post
      API’s master fresh water kit nitrate chart has the same color for 40ppm and 80ppm - at this range, you cannot tell what you get!
      You can titrate the sample to get a discernable reading. Dilute 1:1 with distilled water and 40ppm will read 20ppm on the chart and so forth. For very high nitrates dilute 3:1

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