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Christmas is coming, or so they say...

So i'm thinking about buying a digital water testing kit. I do like the ability to have the tests on a app for me to see and track. I'm currently doing it the old fashioned way with the API Master test kit, recording on excel and then will eventually ask my wife to graph it up for me. (she's a whizz on Excel)

I've found one on the web for £300 - https://www.itseurope.co.uk/products/ex ... w4EALw_wcB - I can add the strips to those that i require, dGH, dKH, Nitrate etc to match those in the API Master set.

Does anyone currently use one? would be great to know your thoughts on the 'value' of them v the current way etc.

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pH and TDS pens are good, but strips are not accurate.

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I guess the argument is that at that cost it should be more accurate...

Personally I wouldn’t bother. It’s a heck of a lot of money for something that you already have just so it’s in an app.

If you want the data collated in an app, why not use this https://www.amazon.co.uk/JBL-ProScan-An ... 928&sr=8-2

Does the same for a fraction of the price.
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black ghost wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:14 am pH and TDS pens are good, but strips are not accurate.
I’d go so far as to say that unless you’re spending serious money, the error factor in smaller every day tests mean that their accuracy is questionable too...
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Thanks All,

i do have a pH pen and when compared to the drops test it's pretty accurate as i can see. However, i take your point that the common denominator here being the 'test strips' themselves are generally considered to be inaccurate. I think i'll wait until i win the lottery then and then invest in a £3,500 in tank auto testing thingy.

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r0bb072 wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:32 am Thanks All,

I think i'll wait until i win the lottery then and then invest in a £3,500 in tank auto testing thingy.

Cheers
Id happily swap that for an API kit. They’re cheap, easy and reliable.... but that’s just me. I like the idea of physically doing the tests so I know they’re right.

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Just found this on PFK website and thought of you @r0bb072

https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/ ... a-on-test/

JBL test kit I mentioned gets a good rating.
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@lunar jetman

thanks very much matey. very good read.
Hardware:
Juwel Primo 70ltr tank,
NovoLux 60 LED light,
Bioflow One Filter, Eccoflow 300 pump,
AquaHeat 50 Watt heater
Askoll Sand 0.7/1.2mm

Software:
Numerous planted species
5 Orange Flag Tailed Guppies
5 White Cloud Mountain Minnows
7 Zebra Danios
1 Super Red Bristlenose Peco
Loose aquarium Bogwood pieces

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