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Beats any in-store price. Not as good as previous lightning deal pricing, but close.
Camelcamelcamel reports lowest price in 2017 [Not entirely true, there was a lightning deal posted here in November for $2 less]

Aquarium Test Kit $17.68
Normal pricing $21.99 on Amazon. $30+ in store at petco/petsmart/petplus . Petco.com has matched $21.99 pricing online only.


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The smaller the tank, the more closely you need to monitor the water quality. There is less volume to dilute any nasties/concerns.
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Nice find OP!
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thanks, i'm building a new Discus tank. This deal comes up right on time.
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Great deal, thanks!
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Not sure if it shows for anyone else, but I have a 20% coupon to clip. Also, subscribe and save applies for 5 or 15%, depending.

Edit: to fix stupid autocorrect.
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Bought from "fat happy pets" seller for $15.39. Didn't need it right away but good deal thanks
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This isn't necessary for a 7.5 gallon tank, correct? I just bought one today and am very new to fish so just wondering
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This isn't necessary for a 7.5 gallon tank, correct? I just bought one today and am very new to fish so just wondering
The smaller the tank, the more closely you need to monitor the water quality. There is less volume to dilute any nasties/concerns.
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This isn't necessary for a 7.5 gallon tank, correct? I just bought one today and am very new to fish so just wondering
if you are setting up a brand new tank you may want to get some gravel and/or water from someone's established tank. a brand new tank has no ability to remove ammonia and it takes weeks for the bacteria to develop to eat it.

So the ammonia tests would be useful at the beginning. Later its the Nitrites and Nitrates that develop. (less dangerous than ammonia but still require occasional water changes.

if you are not in a hurry to get the fish you can prepare the tank with 'fishless' cycling: https://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Fishless-Cycle
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This isn't necessary for a 7.5 gallon tank, correct? I just bought one today and am very new to fish so just wondering
Like the others said, smaller tanks can actually be more difficult to maintain simply because a smaller amount of water can get dirtier, faster. Having this kit can help you know if your tank has completed the nitrogen cycle. Look up "new tank syndrome" if you aren't familiar with it.

You didn't ask for it, but I suggest that you take your time setting up your tank - it is well worth the wait, and you risk losing less fish that way. I HIGHLY recommend buying Seachem Stability btw. Good luck! Smilie
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Yes, a very acomplished fish keeper will be the guy/gal with a 7gal coral tank with no wires showing. Its like the impossible dream. I got to a 200 gallon coral tank with a 29 gallon sump with floating mangrove rafts and a grow up and propagation tank. Took a laptop, 6 monitors, 8 wavemakers, 3 dosing pumps and a huge skimmer setup but it ran for 5 years until i was deployed to afghanistan and the caretaker i paid killed $4000 in coral in a month. I have really pretty fossilized coral rocks now. Waiting for my new house before i try again.
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Great kit! But I'm not buying the $36 original price. These are usually $20.
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Great deal but I feel like it's still kind of a waste sometimes. After I establish a tank, it's not like I check pH or even Ammonia/Nitrite often (or at all, for the most part, as I do not tweak parameters from my source). I run out of Nitrate test bottles WAY faster; usually 1-1.5 years to deplete the Nitrate tests while the others are practically full.

...but then I feel ripped off for spending $10 for just the nitrate tests.
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This isn't necessary for a 7.5 gallon tank, correct? I just bought one today and am very new to fish so just wondering
It is totally possible to do this without a test kit, regardless of what we longer-term fishkeepers say. If you are not tweaking water parameters (e.g. you are not changing pH or GH/KH) of your source (usually tap water) aside from dechlorination, then technically you could just temperature match very closely and do frequent water changes and you would be fine.

For very sensitive stock, like shrimp (Neocaridina davidi or Caridina cantonensis), this is very difficult though as even very small changes in temperature could stress them out. For something a bit hardier like many betta, it is quite possible.


However, in the end, especially for the price of $16.80, it is better to know than not to know.
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