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API Freshwater Aquarium Master Test Kit, 800 count

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Quickly measure and modify the six aquarium levels that are most important to the health of your freshwater fish with the API Freshwater Aquarium Master Test Kit. To stay healthy and thrive, fish need properly balanced levels of ammonia, pH, high range pH, nitrite and nitrate. These levels can change rapidly and create harmful conditions when fish waste, uneaten food or other organic matter accumulate, or when untreated water is added. The API Freshwater Aquarium Master Test Kit measures these six parameters with scientific accuracy and provides professional results. It comes with four test tubes, a holding tray, test tube rack and computer calibrated, laminated color card. Just fill the test tubes, add the test drops and compare results to the color card. Then follow the recommendations on the card if action is required.

Key Benefits
  • Tests tap and aquarium water six different ways.
  • Measures freshwater pH, high range pH, ammonia, nitrate, general hardness and carbonate hardness.
  • Includes four test tubes, holding tray for testing bottles and test tube rack.
  • Protects fish from toxic water conditions.
  • Easy-to-follow instructions, simply compare your results to the color card. Then follow the recommendations on the card if action is required.
What's Included

Low range pH, high range pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, (4) test tubes with snap-tight caps, a test instruction booklet with color charts. Refills available for Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate and pH.

Additional Details

HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS: Suspected of causing genetic defects. May be corrosive to metals. Harmful if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Harmful if inhaled. Causes serious eye damage. Harmful to aquatic life. Use only in outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Do not breathe dust, fume, gas, mist, vapors, spray. Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Wear protective gloves, protective clothes, eye protection, face protection. Keep only in original container. Avoid release to environment. FIRST AID: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. If eye irritation persists, immediately call a Poison Center, Doctor, Physician, or first aider. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do not induce vomiting. Call a poison center, doctor, physician, or first aider if you feel unwell. IF ON SKIN OR HAIR: Immediately take off all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water or shower. Wash with plenty of water and soap. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Absorb spillage to prevent material damage. IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep container tightly closed. Dispose of contents or container to authorized chemical landfill or if organic to high temperature incineration.

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  • Item Number
    94353
  • Fish Type

    Tropical Freshwater

Instructions

Directions for Testing Low Range pH NOTE: Read instructions thoroughly before testing. DO NOT allow Test Solutions to get into aquarium or pond.

To remove childproof safety cap: With one hand, push red tab left with thumb while unscrewing cap with free hand.

  1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
  2. Add three drops of Indicator Solution, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops.
  3. Cap the test tube and invert tube several times to mix solution. DO NOT hold finger over open end of tube, as this may affect the test results.
  4. Determine the pH reading by matching the color of the solution against those on the pH Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the pH of the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.

Directions for Testing High Range pH Read thoroughly before testing. DO NOT allow Test Solutions to get into aquarium. To remove childproof safety cap: With one hand, push red tab left with thumb while unscrewing cap with free hand.

  1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
  2. Add five drops of Indicator Solution, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops.
  3. Cap the test tube and invert tube several times to mix solution. DO NOT hold finger over open end of tube, as this may affect the test results.
  4. Determine the pH reading by matching the color of the solution against those on the High Range pH Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the pH of the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.

Recommended pH Levels A pH of 7.0 is ideal when keeping a community aquarium containing a variety of tropical fish. Goldfish should be kept in their own aquarium and prefer a pH of 7.5. Many Amazonian fish, like angelfish and neon tetras, prefer a pH of 6.5 to 6.8. Mollies and swordtails thrive at a pH 7.2 to 7.5.

Frequency of Testing The pH should be tested weekly, since natural materials in the water (such as fish waste and decaying food) can cause pH changes.

Directions for Testing Ammonia Levels

  1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
  2. Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #1, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
  3. Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #2, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
  4. Cap the test tube and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. DO NOT hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect the test results.
  5. Wait 5 minutes for the color to develop.
  6. Read the test results by matching the test solution against the Ammonia Test Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of ammonia in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.

What the Test Results Mean In new freshwater aquariums, the ammonia level may surge to 6 ppm (mg/L) or more, and then fall rapidly as the biological filter becomes established. The ammonia will be converted to nitrite (also toxic), then to nitrate. This process may take several weeks. Use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Stress Zyme to speed up the development of the biological filter. In an established aquarium or pond, the ammonia level should always remain at 0 ppm (mg/L). The presence of ammonia indicates possible overfeeding, too many fish, or inadequate biological filtration.

The ammonia level is not an indication of the nitrite level; Nitrite is another toxic waste material, which must be tested separately.

Monitoring Ammonia Levels Regular testing is necessary to make sure the ammonia level is safe. Aquarium and pond water should be tested for ammonia every other day when it is first set up, and once a week after the biological filter has been established (in about 4 to 6 weeks).

Detoxifying Ammonia Using Ammo-Lock To detoxify ammonia, use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Ammo-Lock to instantly lock up ammonia. Ammo-Lock does not remove ammonia; it simply converts toxic ammonia to a nontoxic form. Ammonia test kits will still test positive for ammonia, even though it is nontoxic. The biological filter will then consume the nontoxic ammonia, converting it to nitrite and then to nitrate.

Directions for Testing Nitrite

  1. Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
  2. Add 5 drops of Nitrite Test Solution, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to ensure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
  3. Cap the test tube and shake the tube for 5 seconds. DO NOT hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect test results.
  4. Wait five minutes for the color to develop.
  5. Read the test results by matching the color of the solution against those on the Nitrite Test Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of nitrite in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.

What The Test Results Mean In new freshwater aquariums, the nitrite level will gradually climb to 10 ppm (mg/L) or more. As the biological filter becomes established (in 4 to 6 weeks), nitrite levels will drop to 0 ppm (mg/L). In an established pond or aquarium, the nitrite level should always remain at 0 ppm (mg/L). The presence of nitrite indicates possible overfeeding, too many fish, or inadequate biological filtration.

Monitoring Nitrite Levels Regular testing for nitrite is an essential part of routine maintenance. Water should be tested for nitrite once a week to make sure the nitrite does not reach undesirable level.

  1. Use & Care Instructions
FAQ

Why Test pH?

pH is the measure of acidity of water. A pH reading of 7.0 is neutral. A pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline, and a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic. Maintaining your aquarium at the proper pH ensures optimal water quality.

Why test for Ammonia?

Fish continually release ammonia (NH3) directly into the water through their gills, urine, and solid waste. Uneaten food and other decaying organic matter also add ammonia to the water. A natural mechanism exists that controls ammonia – the biological filter. It is made up of nitrifying bacteria, which live in the substrate and biological filter media. However, as with any natural process, imbalances can occur. Testing for the presence of toxic ammonia is essential, so that once detected, steps can be taken to remove it. Otherwise, ammonia will damage gill membranes, and prevent fish from carrying on normal respiration. High levels of ammonia quickly lead to fish death. Even trace amounts stress fish, suppressing their immune system and thereby increasing the likelihood of disease outbreaks and subsequent fish loss.

Why Test For Nitrite?

Testing for the presence of toxic nitrite is essential, so that once detected, steps can be taken to remove it. Otherwise, nitrite in the water will prevent fish from carrying on normal respiration. High levels of nitrite quickly lead to fish death. Even trace amounts of nitrite stress fish, suppressing their immune system and, thereby, increase the likelihood of disease and subsequent fish loss.

Fish Care Made Easier

API is a name you can trust when it comes to taking care of fish. Not only are they passionate about fishkeeping, but they're dedicated to improving the hobby and making it easier to maintain the ideal aquatic environment. From helping the novice set up a new tank to providing state-of-the-art filters for advanced systems, you can rely on API's dedication to quality.

Fish Care Made Easier
Maintain the Perfect Setup

Maintain the Perfect Setup

Fishkeeping is a much easier task with API, because they've taken all the guesswork out of setting up a tank and maintaining it. Their proven treatments include water conditioners and clarifiers, fish medications, pH adjusters, algaecides and quick-start solutions—all designed to keep your aquarium crystal clear and your fish happy and healthy.

Testing Is Key

Once you've started a new aquarium, the only way to keep it in perfect balance is with routine water testing. API gives you all the tools you need to create a nurturing environment for both fish and live plants. Their comprehensive Master Test Kits are tailored to freshwater, saltwater or reef environments, and individual tests for things like pH, ammonia or nitrites leave nothing up to chance.

Testing Is Key
Clearing the Water

Clearing the Water

API offers reliable three-step filtration for tanks of all sizes with their FILSTAR XP Canister filters and wide variety of filter media. These powerful filters constantly circulate the water, trapping organic waste and odors, removing harmful ammonia and contaminants, and helping good bacteria to thrive in the tank.

Superior Nutrition

Feeding your aquarium inhabitants, whether they're tropical fish, turtles or newts, is something that can be tricky without the right food. API developed a special diet for every type of fish—one that's highly palatable, which leads to less waste in the tank. And that means less ammonia to cloud the water. For your turtle friends, premium floating pellets and stick treats provide multiple vitamins for a stronger, healthier shell.

Superior Nutrition
About API

About API

Through extensive and continuous research and development, API created quality products for all levels of fishkeeping. As people who are passionate about fish care, they understand the rewards of keeping up a successful aquarium or aquarium. With easy-to-read guides and premium treatments, foods, filters and testing equipment, API helps aquarists establish and maintain an environment where fish can flourish.

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  • Chewy...Top Notch!

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    As far as chewy goes...hands down can not be beat...period! I purchased an API FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT as well as 2 Tetra Whisper 40i Internal Power Filters. With free shipping my total was close to that of just the test kit in store. When I received my package 2 days later, one of the filter hangers was broke. Manufacturer error, not chewy. But I called chewy to see about resolving the issue and they sent me an entire replacement unit, not just a new hanger. I will be making all purchases through chewy from here on out. Keep up the awesome prices and amazing customer service. I'm looking forward to new products in the future!

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  • Accurate and so much fun!

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    I can't lie, I feel like a scientist using this kit, haha! And of course, it gives me the peace of mind that my fish are living in an appropriate environment. This most recent kit is being used to set up a new aquarium, can't beat it. If you haven't used it before the whole kit is very easy to use, the guide lines are easy to follow.

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  • Works Great, So Far

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    Not much to say, really. It's got really easy to follow instructions, and as far as I know, it's giving me accurate results. Figuring out what color it matches on the chart can be difficult if it's a bit in between, but I'm getting the hang of it.

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  • Great Testing Kit

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    This testing kit was highly recommended on a Betta Group I joined. It is SO much more accurate than the strips. Hopefully I can keep my bettas happier and healthier now that I have a better handle on their water conditions.

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  • Easy, convenient, and fast.

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    I'm new to fish keeping and everyone told me to skip the teat strips and go right to the API test kit. Glad I did! Very easy and works great as long as you follow the directions.

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  • Love this kit!

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    My son and I would have to take our tank water samples to the fish store to have them tested. Now, with this kit, we can do our tests anytime, and right in our own home!

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  • 5-star Review

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    Great kit, easy to use. I recommend getting a dropper when using so you can accurately fill the test tubes with the 5mL of water.

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  • Laborette Replacement

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    It seems that a lot of the things I was accustomed to using in the hobby have disappeared during my hiatus, the Tetra laborette being no exception. I found this test kit to be easy to use and, unlike the laborette, it also includes Nitrate, which I like. There are no hardness tests as with the laborette, but I never used those anyway. I am pretty happy with this kit.

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  • Perfect Kit

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    I haven't used strips, but the liquid test kit is very easy to use and tells me what I need to know. Just be careful with the test tubes because they are thin glass, and read the chemical warnings in the pamphlet that comes with.

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  • Used for years

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    These liquid measures are the best way to check aquarium water. The instant read cardboard test strips are not as reliable. I also use the freshwater test kit for checking the water out of the facets to assure water is in the safe ranges.

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