Clean water is a must if you want your fish to be happy. But one cannot ascertain the quality of aquarium water just by looking at it. Unless you wait for your aquarium to turn cloudy and stink, from the naked eye, good and bad water look the same. When you fail to test the quality of your water early enough, this might cause your fish to suffer. You wouldn’t want that to happen, right?
For this purpose, the table below discusses three popular methods in the market.
With so many arguments as to which testing method is best in the market, statistics have become more subjective rather than objective. Depending on the brand and price of water testing kits used, some may think that their test kits are cost effective than other methods.
Test strips are just as good as liquid testing and water analysis in pet stores. Any variance is generally within the acceptable margin of error. Unless they are subject to laboratory testing, the variance in the test results would probably be trivial to even cause you to overthink. Other aquarists get misled by inaccurate results of using test strips; however, this could only be caused by misuse or improper handling and storage since these are very sensitive to moisture and should be stored properly.
Other factors such as amount of replacement water, types of fish and live plants, size and number of fish, among others must be considered. For one, the use of whatever test kit you use will have to determine the amount of water you will use to replace your aquarium water. If the test results are borderline to acceptable levels, then maybe you need to replace more. You see, whatever water testing method you use, discretion must be used in taking the next steps.
Given all the discussions on which method delivers the more accurate results, choosing what method to use is more of a personal bias. For those who prefer the convenience of a dip-and-go testing method, using testing strips is undeniably faster and easier to use compared to liquid testing; moreso, going to your favorite pet store for water analysis. Oh please, spare yourself form the hassle of the third option unless it’s really alarmingly necessary.
In general, if the difference in results with test strips and liquid is too wide, then it’s probably time to reconsider, however, it’s not worth bothering yourself too much for slight differences that won’t harm the overall quality of your aquarium. If you choose to use strips, which is the most convenient method, stick to it!
Use SJ Wave's 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strip with Thermometer. This product allows you to test the 7 critical parameters to a healthy aquarium; saves you time and money; and gives accurate results in as little as 30 seconds. The key to getting accurate results is the proper use of the strips; and by following the simple visual instructions in the packaging, anybody can use this product and get accurate results without a fuzz. It comes with 100 strips for 100 tests, with 50 strips in a separate packet for longer shelf life; and compared to other products in the market, this test kit is definitely more reasonably priced.
Depending on your discretion and tolerance level to variances in test results, whether tests trips or liquid tests or water analysis, all can be considered accurate. Fact remains that strips are easier to use and give faster results compared to liquid testing. So for convenience, choose test strips. Less hassle, right?