EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips

Product No. 77358

EasyStrips™ 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips is rated 2.2 out of 5 by 21.
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Keep your tank healthy. Maintaining a healthy, safe aquarium environment for your fish is important, and regularly testing your water levels in the aquarium is critical to success. EasyStrips™ are a perfect solution. By quickly testing for all water quality issues in your aquarium water, EasyStrips provide accurate results with minimal effort, and have the most advanced technology in water testing because they're designed from the same medical and scientific laboratory technology. A healthy aquatic environment starts with clean water, so be sure to use EasyStrips to promote a vibrant aquarium.

6-in-1 EasyStrips™

Tetra® 6-in-1 EasyStrips are easy to use. Just a quick dip in your aquarium water, a 60- second wait, and you will find out your results. This amazing advancement gives you the most accurate results compared to other products that often indicate higher, inaccurate readings. Besides the most accurate results, Tetra 6 in 1 EasyStrips uses 3 pads that test for General water Hardness (GH), nitrates, nitrites, alkalinity (KH), and pH levels.


This product comes in the following sizes: 4 ct, 25 ct and 100 ct.
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF WATER
Tests for water quality in fresh and saltwater aquariums.
Nitrate is the byproduct of nitrifying bacteria in the biological filter breaking down ammonia and nitrite. Nitrate is used by aquatic plants and algae as a food source. High levels can lead to excessive algae growth. Levels should be kept below 40 ppm and should be tested weekly.

Nitrite is a waste product produced by bacteria in the biological filter as it breaks down ammonia. Nitrite is extremely harmful to fish and can result in severe fish loss. Levels should be kept below .5 ppm and should be tested weekly.

Hardness is the measure of calcium and magnesium in the water. Water hardness affects the fish’s ability to maintain correct balance between its internal body fluids and the external environment. Hardness below 50 ppm can affect pH, over 150 ppm can result in the formation of white mineral deposits on tanks and equipment. Note: the total hardness pad is not used for saltwater tank readings.

Total chlorine is the measure of free chlorine and chloramine combined. Chlorine and often chloramine are added to city water to destroy harmful bacteria and organisms in drinking water and can be deadly to your fish. It is very important that you test your tap water before adding it to your aquarium to ensure the safety of your fish.

Alkalinity (buffering capacity) determines the ability to maintain a constant pH in the aquarium. The ideal level for freshwater tanks is 120 - 300 ppm, for saltwater tanks 180 - 300 ppm.

pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity in water. A pH reading of 7.0 is neutral, pH lower than 7.0 is acidic, pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline. Maintaining proper pH is one of the most important elements to keeping a successful aquarium. The correct pH helps to ensure healthy fish, encourages breeding, and allows plants to grow properly. Check pH levels once a week as many factors can cause pH changes which can cause stress to your fish. Note: buffering capacity should be at least 120 ppm for accurate pH reading.

Instructions for using Tetra EasyStrips™ 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips:
1. Remove one test strip from bottle and replace cap tightly.
2. Hold strip at end with no pads. Dip strip into aquarium water for one second.
3. Do not shake excess water from strip.
4. Hold strip level for 60 seconds. Compare test strip colors to scale on bottle.

IMPORTANT: Keep cap on bottle tightly between uses. Store at room temperature. Do not expose to moisture. Do not remove drying agent from bottle as test results may not be accurate over time.

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
Refer to the bottom of enclosed bottle for lot number and use-by date.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nitrates Color Wrong Overall the strips are okay. I don't test often, I over filter @ 550% with 76% stocked 20L tank. I do bi monthly water changes of 30%. I know my water conditions are great, crystal clear. I test when I do a filter cleaning or when I feel like it. Lately the nitrate pad turns brown. I checked other reviewers and it seems to be a known problem. I'll switch back to liquid testing.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not one problem but two! Nitrates were showing on the strip as brown, but the label on the bottle showed pink. First I thought I had a major problem, then found other reviews saying there was an issue. I called customer service, they promised to send a new bottle out asap. That was in APRIL 2018. It's now LATE MAY 2018 and I don't have it yet. I just called and learned that "the order got stuck". Need I say that I'll buy a different brand next time?
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from False reading Nitrates on test strips is not working properly. It turns brown not pink?
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nitrates?? I have been spending so much time, effort and money thinking my nitrates were off the charts. I just came to learn that the nitrates are messed up on this test, i feel so stupid! My nitrates start tan then just turn dark brown. Apparently this is from some new reagent, however they do not turn pink at all. I couldnt figure out why even after doing an 80% water change they STILL were the same dark color. I initially assumed my nitrates were SO bad that the pink turned to dark brown. I finally tested it on tap and bottled water. There is NO way tap and bottled water would have the same nitrates as my overstocked 125 gallon goldfish aquarium! It's also strange that you can test the water multiple times using different strips and you get different results for ph, alkalinity etc. I just don't get it. I worked in the commercial pool industry for 5+ years where we used similar testing strips, so i am well aware how to properly use them. Extremely disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nitrates are tan not clear hard to tell what' happ My new bottle came with a tan Nitrate pad which only turns darker brown over time, it doesn't turn white or pink and I can't see how I would see pink at all behind or over the brown.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad color match I have used the Tetra 6 in 1 test strips for many years. With the recent change to the nitrate regent pad from white to brown/orange it is impossible to match up to the included color chart pink. I've tried several bottles and carefully checked expiration dates to no avail. I guess my only resort is to change brands.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money I usually use API test kits in the bottle, but wanted something to more quickly be able to do a preliminary monitor on my 6 tanks. I ended up having to do the full test tube testing anyhow due to tetras inaccurate test strips.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Changed the regeant, not the comparision chart! Just bought these mainly to test for nitrates. I searched online as to why the color I was getting was brown and not magenta pink like on the chart. I saw the answer here directly from Tetra that I was not seeing things, the brown was correct! That is crazy. How hard would have been to update the comparison chart? I have no idea what reading I am getting since there is nothing to compare it to. I am giving this 2 stars since the other readings seem accurate enough, but was tempted to do one star since the reason I bought this product does not work at all. I guess I'm back to the API strips, should have stayed with them to begin with I guess.
Date published: 2017-11-26
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