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Old 04-12-2014, 09:39 PM   #21
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:31 AM   #22
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Used Salifert for years switched to Red Sea, Im not sure what calculations you have to do, but I personally like Red Sea better, but they are both good test kits. Check Amazon for a Red Sea Kit with Cal, Mag and ALK for like $45
What was the reason you switched to Salifert and why do you like Red Sea better? I'm from Australia so unfortunately I cannot buy things from Amazon. Cheapest Red Sea Magnesium test kit I can find so far is AUD $41
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Ok so the general consensus I'm getting is that both Red Sea and Salifert are equally both good Magnesium test kits, but the Salifert is easier to use and less messing around involved...correct?

What about best test kit for Phosphate? Is Salifert also a good accurate and easy to use test kit for this? I'm going to be adding Phosguard into my sump soon and want to be testing after it's added, so am considering also buying a seperate phosguard test kit (probably Salifert) to get the most accurate readings, even though I already have a phosphate test in the API reef kit.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:29 AM   #24
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I've heard good things about the Hannah Checkers Phosphate.
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Well after reading the link below I don't think I'll be getting that one. Sounds like a pain in the neck to use...

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Hanna is very accurate if you do it right. The gadget shuts off in 10 min so you turn it on only when ready to start. You pay for the accuracy not for the simplicity. Phosphate readings should not be done too often. Once your tank is established you need it only when some bad sign crop up. IMO the API test kit is good for fish tanks and when you are cycling or just need a rough results.
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I used RedSea magnesium, it work well and is precise, but expensive.
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I highly reccomend the hanna checkers, they are super accurate and actually easy to use.

For phoshphate you just put in the water and press a button. Then take it out and add the powder, put it back in, press a button and it starts going. After 3 minutes it gives you an exact phosphate reading. Cant get much easier than that. lol
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I highly reccomend the hanna checkers, they are super accurate and actually easy to use.

For phoshphate you just put in the water and press a button. Then take it out and add the powder, put it back in, press a button and it starts going. After 3 minutes it gives you an exact phosphate reading. Cant get much easier than that. lol



I agree. Since you are shooting for values below 0.1ppm, a color check type test doesn't work IME.
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I agree. Since you are shooting for values below 0.1ppm, a color check type test doesn't work IME.
RedSea PO4 test kit work well for testing very low values.
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