Keeping your tank water in good condition and removing harmful chemicals is vital to keeping your goldfish healthy and happy. In order to do this effectively, you need to buy a test kit and regularly check your water parameters.
In this article, we will look in more detail at their freshwater master test kit.
What is the API Freshwater Master Test Kit?
The API Freshwater Master Test Kit is a complete kit to monitor five key aspects of your goldfish tank water parameters. It’s a mini chemistry set, complete with everything you need and easy-to-follow instructions.
The kit contains five different tests, all of which are important for goldfish tanks. The ammonia, nitrite and nitrate tests are particularly important; especially when you are cycling a new tank before adding your goldfish.
The five tests included in this kit are:
– Freshwater pH
– High range pH
All of the tests involve mixing a small amount of tank water with one of the test solutions, using the test tubes provided, and then matching the color that the solution turns against the results card in the kit.
As only a small amount of each solution is required for each test, you will get over 800 uses out of this one kit!
How effective is the API Freshwater Master Test Kit?
The API Freshwater Master Test Kit is really easy to get to grips with and use. Read the instructions properly before you start and it will be perfectly straightforward; even for the most unscientific of people!
As the tests all involve matching the color that appears in the test tube against a color chart, the effectiveness and accuracy of your results depend on you using the right amount of each solution, and having a good eye for color variation.
Keep the color chart out of sunlight and preferably in a dark cupboard to prevent the chart from fading over time and skewing your results.
Are there any downsides to using this test kit?
All of the tests are quick and simple to perform, however, testing for ammonia is rather more complex than the other four tests.
The ammonia test involves mixing the solution with tank water, shaking a separate bottle for a set period of time and then adding the two together. All of this needs to be done in the correct order and with the correct timing in order to get accurate results.
This ammonia test can be a bit fiddly at first, but once you have done it a couple of times it becomes second nature.
If you decide that the API Freshwater Master Test Kit is not the kit for you then alternatives include the rather more straightforward, but potentially less precise, API 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips or Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Test Strips.