Nitrate Liquid Test Kit Product Question

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  1. UBR

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    May I check which product is best to test nitrates? I am looking for a liquid test kit as I thought this is reliable and affordable.

    I understand API Nitrate test is hard to read the color codes.
     
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    I don’t think the API kit is that bad, honestly. I have trouble distinguishing 10 from 20 and 40 from 80, but since my goal is to keep nitrates below 10 I don’t find that to be a huge problem, and I can always do serial dilutions if I need to know more exactly.
    To be honest, now that I have the directions down in my head, I would hate to switch. By the time I’m done shaking the nitrate test, the ammonia test is ready to read. I don’t like to change my routines.
     
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    I use the Seachem Nitrite/Nitrate test - it's much easier to do than API (no bottle shaking), and detects Nitrate at a lower level as well (which is great if you want a more accurate reading on a low bioload tank). Same idea as API with the colour strip that you match your test result to - it's all one shade of pink, you just need to determine how dark of a pink it is.
     
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    How far does the chart go.

    My Nitrates are between 40 to 60 ppm most of the time so I am looking for accuracy for this range.
     
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    hmmmm I'm not at home so I can't check til tonight - but I think it tops out at 50... maybe someone else here who uses it can confirm that.

    That's pretty high for nitrates, I'm usually looking at the lower end of the test card
     
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