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Old 03-13-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Test kits salifin vs API

Just for fun. My friend who has a HUGE saltwater tank he tested my water for fun. He said my nitrAtes were high and pH was low. Not dangerously like urgent but he said I needed to do a water change. I just did one on Saturday.

Can 2 different test kits come back so different?

The API kit showed everything on the money. I'm confused.

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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Salifert test kits will definitely be more accurate and more expensive. I've had bad luck with API Nitrate tests specifically. I think the biggest factor in test inaccuracy, is the age of the test kit, besides user error.
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While the salifert tests are generally more accurate for saltwater, if you want consistent results on pH, you need to pick up a pH meter.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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While the salifert tests are generally more accurate for saltwater, if you want consistent results on pH, you need to pick up a pH meter.
Is that like a pH monitor? I see on like marinedepot? There like 100 bucks.
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Ya they are not cheap. But. Heard they work great if you have a reef keeper.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:19 AM   #6
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Like one of these?

http://aquariumsupplies.marinedepot....FQ0DQAodyH__XQ
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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Saw this one

http://www.marinedepot.com/American_...TEMOID-vi.html
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Yeah here's one from BRS. American Marine Pinpoint PH Monitor - English
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I may look into one. Seems like something handy to have.
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