EasyStrips 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips

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EasyStrips™ 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips is rated 2.2 out of 5 by 35.
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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.
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.

Refer to the bottom of enclosed bottle for lot number and use-by date.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from What is going on with the nitrate test? I got to this page simply by searching a problem I am having - my nitrate test is turning brown, that doe not match the indicator on the bottle AT ALL. Looking at these reviews, this seems to be an ongoing problem for at least TWO YEARS! Tetra, instead of asking people to email you privately, can you please just let people publicly know what's going on with the nitrate pads? Did you change formulas and not update the color chart? Is a batch bad? PLEASE just let us all know! On the upside, I at least know these are testing water hardness somewhat accurately
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nitrate starts brown and stays brown Nitrate starts out brown and stays brown. We have bought two sets of strips. And redid the water numerous times hoping we could fix it. It had to be the strips!
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks good but color chart is damaged I bought this because was recommended by one of my friends. Looks good measurement but the color chart damaged so hard to read
Date published: 2019-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had a question? On testing with test strip. On the box and website it said to wait 60 seconds but ont the bottle instructions it says wait 30 seconds which one is the accurate time 60 secs or 30 secs?
Date published: 2019-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly accurate for test strips! I use these when I am feeling lazy during the week and don't want to mess with the API Liquid Test Kit.... I do test the two products side by side every new batch of strips I get to make sure they are still reading correctly just to be safe and I still use the API kit on Saturdays just to be able to pin-point the numbers closer. The rest of the week however I just use these strips. I'm rather meticulous about the water parameters due to having very sensitive fish so I do test every morning for any kind of spikes.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Corect product The colors are inaccurate nitrate is off the charts before submerging in water its to dark compared to chart
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Inaccurate information I bought this product from Walmart and have been using them lately I’ve noticed some of the colors on the pads aren’t the same on the chart then I decided to test them in tap water to see if they would change and the results were the exact same thing. So I tested with tap again and the results still didn’t change.
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Matches API liquid test results As someone who runs multiple large fishrooms, these strips have saved a lot of my time over the years. I have been alternating between them and the more precise, but more time-consuming liquid tests. Strips in general have a reputation to be less accurate than liquid tests, but the results of these particular strips match the liquid tests consistently. My new employees are always hesitant in their interpretation of the results at first, so I will say it does take some practice before you can use the color chart confidently. Protip: if your nitrates results are coming out brown and your whites are looking beige, your test kit has gotten too humid! Make sure you recap the bottle as quickly as possible, as the strips are very sensitive to moisture in the air. Also check the expiration date!
Date published: 2018-12-18
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