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Old 09-22-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Best Reef water testing kits?

Its about time to replace my kits, and just wondering what everyone uses or considers to be really acurate. Ive been using API, but dont think they have a magnesium test, which I really have been needing.

Theres a lot of other tests ( red sea, salifert, coralife etc) and I'm not sure which to get yet..I do admit the salifert looks pretty impressive, though expensive.

Any links or advice would be appreciated
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I've been using API for years and they have never led me astray. Your right about the mag test though, I have never seen an API one. For that I just use a red sea kit and it works ok. It's a little bit of a pain though with the tiny syringe and the whole procedure.
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I use API and Salifert. I've never had any issues with either of them. I use Salifert for only a couple kits the rest are API.
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Salifert is 1 of the most accurate "hobby grade" test kits you can buy. They are way more precise than API. For example, I'm pretty sure API measures calcium in increments of 20 ppm while Salifert is 5 ppm. I think API alk is in increrments of 1 dKH while Salifert is 0.3 dKH.
I only test for calcium, alkalinity and magnesium and use Salifert for all 3.
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cool thanks for the info

Are the salifert tests pretty easy to use?
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They are no more complicated than using API, the number of drops is different form kit to kit, but they have detailed instructions with them.
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API will cover you for most anything. If you really need precision on certain levels, the new Hanna meters are pretty nice. A lot of people use them for phosphate on large SPS reefs.
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salifert and elos are the best you can find in stores. api is good for everything but calcium IME.
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The best Test Kit IMO is the one you use often.
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