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Old 02-13-2014, 09:06 PM   #21
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I never tried the Hanna products. I like Salifert and Elos as far as liquid kits go.
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You should try out the phosphate tester. I like its consistency.
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Greg..I haven't used a test kit in years...lol. I had to borrow a friend's API kit to monitor the cycle in the new 105.
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Low Calcium?

You one of those reef hippies?
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If you learn your system well enough your eyes can be better than any kit IMO.
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Low Calcium?

That's pretty true, although I don't know if I could differentiate between high phosphate levels vs low alkalinity, etc.
Mr_X turns his water over so regularly he doesn't risk much going wrong very fast. That's the ultimate in simplicity and hard to argue with. I don't do nearly as many water exchanges and have tanks packed solid with corals, so I go the other way with testing and dosing. Both ways work fine.

IMO don't worry about calcium levels much and use a high calcium salt mix. I have seen acros grow at calcium levels of 350 to 600ppm. Much after that and you create a calcium snow storm. I concentrate on alkalinity, salinity and phosphate. Even PH doesn't bother me as long as it fluctuates over a long time scale.
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True it doesn't work for trace elements, and I do test these weekly in my sps system, but for phosphates and nitrate you can tell when these levels rise
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Trace elements can be replenished with water changes. I have some very nice sps growing quite well at the moment.
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Eventually, I would like to be able to know my system as well as you guys, but I have a long way to go and a whole lot to learn before I am there. Lol
I think I will look into the Hanna tests, they are a little more money, but it seems to be the general consensus that people who use them love them.
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I recc Hanna for alk and Phosphate. The Ca kit gets very mixed reviews. I have a RedSea Ca kit and love it. Very easy
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