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Old 07-16-2008, 03:45 PM   #1
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Anybody ever?

Even just as a sanity check against your own tests? Cost-wise it seems reasonable.

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Old 07-16-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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I wasn't overly impressed with how they presented the results of a salt-test they did, so I'd wonder if it was money well spent. Don't think I'd assume the results were not refutable, but just another data point.

Here's a link to a little discussion here about their salt test...

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Old 07-16-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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I feel the same as Kurt. In addition, if you purchase quality test kits you shouldn't feel the need to have an outside source, who too can make human errors, which leads to wonder why you would purchase test kits in the first place if you do not trust your results. Otherwise, you can purchase a lab grade Hach Spectrophotometer for about $3000.00
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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Well I would just offer this. I can't count the number of times it's been recommended that someone get a new test kit, check the date on their old one, run to the lfs to verify numbers. So the 'if you buy one you are golden' logic rings a bit hollow.

For $2 a month as a sanity check and considering the cost of gas not to mention wondering if my kit has gone bad I think I'll give it a try.

Kurt, why not impressed? Didn't like the results or the methodology?
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
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I'm saving my pennies for one of those (Hach Spectrophotometer).
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:27 PM   #6
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Misread the fee schedule. It's (as it clearly says) $1.00+ per test not per sample submission. That blows the cost benefit projections out the window not withstanding the general comments made about the value of secondary testing.

To that to each his/her own
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Kurt, why not impressed? Didn't like the results or the methodology?
More the presentation. Everyone (rightfully) originally latched on to the fact that it didn't appear that the salinities were equal across the charts. The way it was presented, it appeared that the same samples used to assess how much moisture was in the sample was used for the charts. After a few folks on some other boards talked to the testers, it came out that it wasn't the case... the charts all do reflect the same salinities. But even with that confusion, has their test writeup been postscripted to note that? No. Comes across pretty sloppy to me.

Methodology was a little lacking also with such a small sample size and other issues. (Super high Ca levels for IO? Give me a break!) But hey... it was pure advertising and nowhere is it claiming to be a scientific study, so I can't blame 'em there.

In my opinion, it's a pretty nifty little business plan. They found a niche that definitely existed and I'm sure they're doing OK. I honestly thought about giving it a shot myself when I first heard about it, just to double check my numbers. But then I went through the thought process of "what if all the numbers come back totally different from what I'm reading?" With a tank that's doing pretty good in my opinion, I'm not in the mood to really change anything I'm doing. So what would be the point?

Probably more info than you were looking for, but there you have it!
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Bet its some dude in his mom's basement with Salifert kits. Now thats a million dollar idea...As for the salt tests, most peeps missed the point of the test anyway.
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And the point was...?
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And the point was...?
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