What do fish think about?
Join Date: Dec 2010
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Re: Nitrate testing
I would say that you need to do a balancing act between accuracy, precision, and ease of use when it comes to test kits. For the most accurate, I've heard Salifert test kits are the best. API is the easiest to use of the liquid titration kits, in my opinion. Precision when it comes to nitrates, however, is next to impossible. This is because instead of measuring for 1-8 ppm, as with nitrite and ammonia, nitrate tests range from 0-200 ppm, so precision with color charts is very hard to achieve.
I wouldn't worry about being overly accurate and precise with your nitrate testing, especially if you have live plants. There is a wide range of nitrates that fish can tolerate, and the higher the nitrates, the more your plants will love you.
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