Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 16
Rated 3 out of 5 by Queenofmeow Kind of works?
In general these test strips work as intended. However, with that being said, they tend to read high and vary slightly from strip to strip. Our new 10 gallon tank had a severely high ph level upon start up. Adding (ph down) at 2 ml between tests it still didn't show any change. Using the traditional test drops method, the vials showed an accurate change as the strips did not. After a massive (no fish involved) 20 ml dose of ph down, the strip reacted but still read high by 1 full scale.
I would only recommend these If you wanted to test on a budget.
August 12, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by hawkfn18 Not accurate at all.
These strips are very easy to use however, not very accurate. Far more accurate results can be had using a liquid test kit. For a little more than 10 bucks a liquid test kit can be had with better results.
December 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by BettaCouple 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
Rated 3 out of 5 by PilotSully So So
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