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How Much Faith Do You Have In Your Test Kit Results?


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#41 humbug

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:25 AM

I continue to use JBL kits and have seen nothing which leads me to think they are giving erroneous results.   Other experienced hobbyists who have moved to JBL (plus a couple of highly respected retailers I deal with) are also firm advocates of the JBL kits.  Others have been suggesting the Sera kits as another alternative, but I have no personal experience with the brand. We continue to see issues with API kits.
 

I'm forced to purchase JBL kits on-line from overseas because we still have no importer in Australia.  I would far prefer to support local businesses, but I simply don't have the option in this case . . . . .    Even the retailers I mention above, while being advocates of the products and using them for in-house testing, are unable to stock them for customers because they can't source them cost-effectively through an Australian importer.

 

Despite suggestions above, I certainly have no personal commercial or other vested interest in this brand, or any other brand.  I'm purely a hobbyist.

I'm guessing that because these tests kits are in general all based on the same reagents, then from the perspective of colour-blindness, there will be little difference between brands. Perhaps if you have a decent LFS near you who stocks alternative brands, then they may be willing to do some trials for you.  Perhaps see if you can find (or manufacture) a couple of water samples with a decent ammonia and nitrate level and test with a couple of brands to see if one is easier for you to use than another?  Can I suggest that if you do this, then the results could be of value to others.  Photograph and post your findings!!

 


Edited by humbug, 12 August 2018 - 10:55 PM.


#42 Westie

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:03 PM

Thanks for the reply. I have just ordered a “jbl easy test 6 in 1“ from eBay and will see how I go

#43 Delapool

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:17 PM

Have you got a link?

I’ll probably not re-new the farm grade nitrate test kit I have - too expensive now at a few hundred bucks and even that was +/-10ppm from memory it said.

Apart from ph probe, I can’t really comment as have mainly used the api test kits which I find fine and no doubt am dialing the readings to what I see the plants doing. They are shocking on colours though I totally agree.

#44 Westie

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 03:29 PM

Just got this in the mail today:

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Edited by Westie, 23 August 2018 - 03:31 PM.


#45 Delapool

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 06:23 PM

Phone app reads strips?

#46 ice

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 06:56 AM

Let us know if you rate it Westie.






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