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Old 05-03-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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test kits

What test kit should work better....

http://www.petsolutions.com/Marine+B...I-C-46-C-.aspx

or

http://www.petsolutions.com/Marine+M...I-C-46-C-.aspx

thanks...
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:04 PM   #2
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Does anyone know a good test kit?
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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I would say that for the money the second one is the better deal. I can't see a picture for the first one, but it sounds like the one we have(aquarium pharmaceuticals). The second one though has the alkalinity also and you'll need that too.
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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okay yeah I was thinking that one two but I wasnt possitive....also, do i test everyday surring the cycle or every other....or somthing diff.??

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Argonite playsand(about 4-5" deep)
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mag drive 7 pump
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:21 PM   #5
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You can do either every day or every other, but it will take between 2 and 4 weeks so you could even get away with every 3rd day for the first couple of weeks. Really up to you. The tests will probably expire before you can use them all up so do whichever you want to make you feel comfortable. Not the alk though. Just worry about the other four at first.
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:52 PM   #6
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how long to the tests last??
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mag drive 7 pump
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:15 PM   #7
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My last set lasted 9 months appx with the ph going first. It really depends on how long it sat on the shelf and where you store it at your house I guess. I noticed it had gone bad because the ph test went from 8.2 one week to 7.6 the next with no noticable diff in the tank. So I tested the other two tanks and the same thing so I knew it was the test kit and got a new one, and voila! it was back to 8.2 again. I would start to look for weird readings between 9 months and a year. But look for an expiration date on the box if available.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:18 PM   #8
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okay..thanks for your help....I am bidding on a kit on ebay..the sameone as above...its not used its from an ebay store...should I be fine? Its brand new in the box...
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:21 PM   #9
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As always you get what you pay for. Is it possible to do an "ask seller a question" to get an idea how long they've had it in stock or if it has an expiration date? It's probably fine. I've bought chemicals and test kits off of ebay before with no problems. I also got my skimmer and the lights for my 20g off of there.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:25 PM   #10
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one last quick question while I have you posting....is it okay if i have a hang on back skimmer in my sump?? my sump is a 10 gal. aquarium...just curiouse...If i can do that I would rather than an in sump skimmer...

thanks for all of the help..greatly appreciated..
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