tEST kITS


Test kits are essential because they tell you how your water is made up, the better you understand how this works the more successful you will be with shrimp. I wont beat about the bush with this and list unnecessary items like I see a lot of other websites do to get a sale, thats not what I am about.

I will list items from new beginer to expert level in understanding water parameters.

You might also want to check out this article on the nitrogen cycle to better understand what half of these tests are used for.

I will list pros and cons to each kit so you know what to look out for.

Lets start with the types of test kit required.


BASIC TEST STRIPS

This is the most common tests people buy when they first start.

  • cheap
  • easy to use
  • reported that they can be inaccurate

Retails for £7.71 you can buy it on Amazon here


KH & GH TEST KIT

Retails for £12.08 you can buy it on Amazon here

  • Accurate
  • Needs to be shaken for recommended time to work properly
  • Like all liquid test kits telling the colors apart can be difficult sometimes.

PH TEST KIT

Retails for £9.25 you can buy it on Amazon here.

  • Accurate
  • Needs to be shaken for recommended time to work properly
  • Like all liquid test kits telling the colors apart can be difficult sometimes.

AMMONIA TEST KIT

Retails for  £13.29 you can buy it on Amazon here

  • Accurate
  • Needs to be shaken for recommended time to work properly
  • Like all liquid test kits telling the colors apart can be difficult sometimes.

NITRATE TEST KIT

Retails for £13.10 you can buy it on Amazon here

  • Accurate
  • Needs to be shaken for recommended time to work properly
  • Like all liquid test kits telling the colors apart can be difficult sometimes.

MASTER TEST KIT

  • Accurate
  • Needs to be shaken for recommended time to work properly
  • Like all liquid test kits telling the colors apart can be difficult sometimes.
  • Good value for money when you consider the price of the other test kits and what you get here.
  • A master test kit should contain everything this does not.

Retails for £27.91 you can buy it on Amazon here.


Mega test kit

  • Accurate
  • Needs to be shaken for recommended time to work properly
  • Like all liquid test kits telling the colors apart can be difficult sometimes.
  • This is a true master test kit
  • Very good value considering the sheer volume of tests provided.

Retails for £88 you can buy it on Amazon here