API 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips
Not Accurate Enough-Hard To Read
Bought these Strips to test water perimeters in 5 gallon tank that we were cycling. It may have been due to our age/eyesight, but the Strips were hard to read/compare to the color codes on the container. They were most definitely EASY to use as far as "dip in tank, pull out, wait a minute and read.
February 14, 2014
Yes the strips are incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is dip it in the water and within about a minute you have your results. The problem is they are not always accurate results. If you are serious about your aquarium and your water care, spend a little extra and get the API freshwater master kit. It is very easy to use and your results are incredibly accurate and then you can make your adjustments from there. The money you waste on strips all the time, you could just get the master kit and be done with it.
If you just have a little 5-10 gallon tank and you have never had water issues, these may be just fine for you. But for larger tanks or for those who need exact numbers, strips really aren't for you.
July 13, 2013
They were easy enough to use. Just dip them in the water, wait a bit, check results against the guide. However, they always showed my tank as basic by about 1 pH above neutral no matter the water changes. They also always showed my tank as well within the safe range for nitrates and nitrites even when I got lazy about water changes. Also the color guide was not laminated or water resistant so eventually the colors bled off enough to make the whole thing useless. Not worth the money.
June 8, 2013
this is what was recommended to me but the results were vague and difficult to discern. wish i had spent more time comparing products
February 3, 2013