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#1 kelly528

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:09 PM

Hey guys-- not sure what section this should be in by this seemed like the best one...

In October I was unfortunate enough to purchase an API Freshwater Master Test Kit that had expired on the shelf 6 months prior to purchase. Needless to say I was scratching my head for months wondering why my water was so perfect!!! I stumbled across a sticky on the GAB... apparently the last 4 digits on the lot number (found on the top of each individual bottle) denote the expiry date. So if the last 4 numbers are 0310, your test kit would expire in March 2010.

So check your API kits and make sure they are still good! My kit (expired for 9 months now) is completely useless... the Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate always come up to 0, which for obviousreasons is NOT good! And if you can't see the expiry date when you buy it, make sure you keep the reciept!


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EDIT: Read the whole thread before you chuck your test kit! Apparently there is some confusion as to whether the last 4 digits are the expiry date or the manufactured date... I'm looking into this!

Edited by kelly528, 25 January 2010 - 11:21 AM.


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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:33 PM

interesting.. mine still changes color when there's ammonia in the water(my tap has ammonia) Mine expired 6 years ago. It was given to me. I guess I have to buy a new set soon.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:51 PM

Thanks, Kelly! I was wondering that myself.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:57 PM

Weird, my kit expired in '08... and it still measures nitrites, nitrates, ammonia, just fine it seems.

Edited by nelo, 23 January 2010 - 09:58 PM.


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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:29 PM

Yeah mine expired in 09 and mine still measures everything too. I will buy a new one ans see how it works out.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:04 PM

Yeah I'm interested to see how my new one works (when it arrives). Cause I have had cloudy water a few times and ammonia comes up at 0! Or the nitrates will be 0 on water change day... I have a lot of plants but still that's just a little fishy :eyebrow:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:05 PM

This needs to be stickied... really good info!

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:12 PM

Thanks :) Hope it saves someone some head-scratching... wish I found out sooner!!! Thank goodness I didn't attempt a fishless cycle with that kit or it wold have driven me clinically inane!!! :laff:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:13 PM

:thumbup:

Well let me know cuss I'm going be really pissed off I just got this test kit last month and now to find out it's ready worthless. :angry:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:18 PM

:thumbup:

Well let me know cuss I'm going be really pissed off I just got this test kit last month and now to find out it's ready worthless. :angry:


I would bring it back to the store and talk to a manager. I bought mine 4 months ago so obviously no reciept. I just brought the test kit back to the store and spoke to the manager as long as it has been expired for a while before you bought it they should let you exchange it for a new one.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:18 PM

Wow, I would have never known this.

Thanks for posting! I will have to check mine out now!

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:22 PM

I threw my receipt away also, lol. I din't think the store would carry old test kits.




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