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Are there water testing kits that are better than others? Is there a preferable one and where can it be purchased?
 
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How large is your bank balance? There are many different water quality test kits and equipment (colorimeters, photimeters) on the market geared for every possible venue of use. For the average pond hobbyist, the API test kits are probably your best bet. Although the results require visual color judgement, they will give you a fairly close idea of the chemical parameter levels of your pond.
 
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Are there water testing kits that are better than others? Is there a preferable one and where can it be purchased?
Yes API do a very good pond test kit but you will have to buy the nitate test kit seperately

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Is this one OK?
 

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Yes, but as @Dave 54 mentioned, you'll have to buy the nitrate test separately. It's quite aggravating they don't sell it all in one kit ! I think it's the nitrate, as opposed to nitrite, but check the labels.
 
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Yes, but as @Dave 54 mentioned, you'll have to buy the nitrate test separately. It's quite aggravating they don't sell it all in one kit ! I think it's the nitrate, as opposed to nitrite, but check the labels.
No, this one is the "Master Test kit" and it's the one that does include nitrate. It's the "Master Pond" kit that has phosphate instead of nitrate.

@Fishfinder This is the one I use [the one you showed], but I add the "KH" & "GH" tests.
 
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Oh, you are absolutely right! I just saw the word Master. I have the Master Pond kit and couldn't believe it didn't include the nitrate :(
 
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Oh, you are absolutely right! I just saw the word Master. I have the Master Pond kit and couldn't believe it didn't include the nitrate :(
Yes I noticed it when I bought my latest kits that they have dropped the Nitrate test kit out from the Master test kit , its jut another way for the Aquatic companies to earn an honest profit "NOT" its a bit of a damn rip off on their behalf .
Yet thy leave a hole for the kit to go into so why not just add the kit ?

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