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Old 04-11-2014, 05:32 AM   #1
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Best Reef Magnesium Test Kit?

I'm considering getting a magnesium test kit for my sw reef settup and would like suggestions on which is the best test kit. I am considering getting Red Sea Mg test kit as I know it would be much more accurate than API, but want to hear what other people think. I've heard that the Red Sea kit involves calculations needed by the user, but the Salifert kit just gives you the reading without the user having to do any additional calculations, even though it gives you 50 tests compared to Red Sea which gives you 100.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:43 AM   #2
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I use salifert test kits for everything. Very accurate and easy to use.
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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
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Red Sea all the way. Just IMO
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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
I read somewhere that you have to do some counting of drops on the Red Sea or something like that. Anyone know if there's any counting or calculations involved with the Red Sea? I'm only after the Mg test kit as I already have an API test kit for everything else. How easy is the Red Sea to use?
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You dispense the regent until the color change and look at the amount you USED, and look on the chart, color changes are very different, from like orange to blue, ect.
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I woud not suggest using 2 different brands of test, you can't balance parameters if your results are more or less accurate between 2 brands
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I woud not suggest using 2 different brands of test, you can't balance parameters if your results are more or less accurate between 2 brands

+1. That's a good idea.
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I never suggested using more than one brand of test for Mg. I still have so much more test solution to use in my API saltwater and coral test kits, so I'm not going to throw them all out and buy a Red Sea full test kid. API gives me a good indication, but just feel the need to get a Mg test kit and I rather spend a few dollars more and get a brand better than Seafirt or Red Sea.
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I never suggested using more than one brand of test for Mg. I still have so much more test solution to use in my API saltwater and coral test kits, so I'm not going to throw them all out and buy a Red Sea full test kid. API gives me a good indication, but just feel the need to get a Mg test kit and I rather spend a few dollars more and get a brand better than Seafirt or Red Sea.

We never said you suggested to use more then one brand, or throw out all your API. We said get two magnesiums to get a better indication of your readings.

It really doesn't get much better then Salifert, Elos, and Red Sea. There are very accurate lab-grade ones but they cost upwards of $200.

Also, some of the API test kits aren't very reliable. Calcium and phosphates I know are very off from experience. I believe there is another but I am not 100% sure. If you can is upgrade those because you might be getting skewed data. Just my $0.02.
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