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Old 05-23-2012, 12:34 PM   #11
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Patrick, are you saying that API is Horrible, and digital is expensive but the way to go? the lack of punctuation kind of throws me off. Not trying to be mean or a grammar Nazi, i just want to make sure i understand.
Yeah long term it's better and having a lot of tanks plus I go out to take care of other tanks which makes the digital tests awesome, fast and most important accurate
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #12
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awesome! I'll start looking into some digital testing equipment.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:15 PM   #13
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API test kits are not accurate, in my opinion there are only two that I trust Salifert and after trying the new Red Sea Kits I like them better and they are cheaper than Salifert cause you can buy refills
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:25 AM   #14
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awesome! I'll start looking into some digital testing equipment.
You won't regret it, so much better then manual testing
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #15
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Now a tricky question, can you use a freshwater test kit on saltwater. For example, my son has a API FW kit and I was wondering how accurate it would be to test ammonia or nitrates.
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Same test kits just different color charts for ammonia and nitrate.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:33 PM   #17
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I use the API Master test kit...I'm 7mos into the hobby now and that's all I've used for testing. You guys have raised my brow!!! Now I want to try the others mentioned here. I've had a nitrate problem (according to API). It's not been too high ~20ppm. Now I'm wondering if it's really been that high?!?!?!?! Huh...wonder what causes these tests to be so "off" with one another??? I'll post my results whenever I'm able to purchase the other tests. This could be cool!!! )
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:10 PM   #18
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I used API for awhile till I realized how bad it is lol
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:26 PM   #19
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Yes i been using API for years just because i have a hookup and i get the kits cheap as dirt. They work but dont trust them. If i get a reading back that seems strange or not quite what i was expecting i recheck and then recheck with salifert kit. Ive seen some pretty crazy differences between the 2. The API color charts just have shades that match too closely and the jumps in reading are too much for example nitrates 0,5,10,20,40,80,160 the 0-20 range is the hardest to read and the most used so error is rampant.

The Master Reef kit has less problems but still inaccurate many times. I often use the API kits for regular testing and the salifert kits for monthly checking and ckecks on abnormal reading. Allows you to be accurate and save money.
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