Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-12-2006, 06:41 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: illinois
Posts: 187
Red Sea calcium test kit

This calcium test kit, is giving me a real problem. if the directions are right, it should take about 9 drops total. To come up with a reading of 450ppm but i put in about 80 drops with no change. and i don't want to waste the whole bottle to not get a reading does anyone else use this test kit for calcium. Is it possible that the bottles are labeled wrong. It's not due to expire till next year. is it posible that i have no calcium in my tank. Even with weekly water changes(oceanic salt). Help me get a reading thanks
__________________

__________________
pluk1992 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 06:52 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Piedmont, NC
Posts: 4,580
I have not used a redsea test in a while because the are not accurate. If I remember right you add a few drops of one bottle (larger) and swirl for 10 seconds or so then add a few drops of the second bottle and swirl. You then go back to the original (larger) bottle and drip until it changes color (counting your drops) Is this what you did. Get a salifert test
__________________

__________________
*The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.
*If guns kill people...Spoons make Michael Moore fat.
Brenden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 06:57 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: illinois
Posts: 187
yeah that is what ive been doing and nothing happens is there any other thing besides the test kit and more along the line's of the tank. that could be wrong here
__________________
pluk1992 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 07:12 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Piedmont, NC
Posts: 4,580
If you made your SW around 1.025 your CA has to be between 300-450ppm regardless of salt brand. I would say it is a test problem and not a tank problem. What is in the tank that you are testing CA for? I would start the test over and make sure you have the correct bottles. This is usually due to human error but not always.
__________________
*The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.
*If guns kill people...Spoons make Michael Moore fat.
Brenden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 07:25 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: illinois
Posts: 187
I have a bubble coral open brain, sun polyps, torch, hammer. and some others can think about i think i just figured it out the bottle's where marked wrong. the big one was marked A and the little marked B. should be the other way around based on your first post
__________________
pluk1992 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 07:32 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Piedmont, NC
Posts: 4,580
I remember it was a few drops of the bigger bottle, then a few drops of the smaller bottle, mix and wait, then you go back to the bigger bottle to finish drops until the color change. Sorry for the run-on. I have one at home but I am at the office.
__________________
*The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.
*If guns kill people...Spoons make Michael Moore fat.
Brenden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 10:46 PM   #7
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
yep, 4 from A. 5 from B and then add A until it changes to orange.

THis is the only test kit I have but it usually reads between 350 and 450.

I would try again and if it still does not work pitch it.
I'm on a few different forums and everybody uses salifert. Once my redsea is done thats what I'll be getting.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 04:50 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 174
Hmm
I have a Red Sea calcium test kit, but mine has 3 reagents. You add A, then a scoop of B (powder), then add the C reagent until you get the color change and measure how much C that it took. Mine says it's a Calcium Pro kit. Maybe they screwed up and put bottles that go with my kit in your box?
__________________
ColdFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 09:11 AM   #9
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
bizzare, my nitrate kit has three agents.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 11:52 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 148
I use the Red Sea calcium test, and it suxx! Brendan pretty much explained it in a nutshell, and he's right regarding false postives, most of the time it's user error. Check to make sure you're using the right bottle. Try to keep it in the 8-9 drop range (400-450ppm).

And yes, the nitrate test has 3 bottles and the phosphate test has 2. The other Red Sea calcium test kit thats uses powder is more accurate than the regular test kit, which is a big plus, but I don't know what ppm it measures too
__________________

__________________
Lagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
calcium, sea, test, test kit

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
red sea Alkalinity pro test kit bobothefish Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 12-28-2009 09:30 AM
Red Sea API Marine test kit: pH buff? AdamHorton Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 0 08-31-2009 01:20 PM
red Sea test kit lando Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 05-24-2004 03:40 PM
Red Sea Test kit BrianNY Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 01-13-2004 12:54 AM
Help with Red Sea marine Test Kit Please. Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 2 12-05-2003 02:57 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.