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Old 05-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Water Test Kits

I need to buy a kit and I am confused by what I will need. Should I go with a master kit or should I go with individual kit.

I am starting a small fish/reef tank with fish, coral, invert mix - 10 gallon. I can rely on fish store for ammonia test but want to be prepared with what I will need to have a usccessful tank.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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Everyone on this forum seems to like the master test kit from API the most I find it very useful and well worth the money
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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I don't like API, I think it's cheap and innacurate. Salifert all the way for me.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:45 PM   #4
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I moved over to Red Sea, as I'm starting to learn that API wasnt as accurate as my friends digital testers we used... they where actually pretty different! I just picked up the Red Sea master kit, and will be going back after Pay Day to pick up some more tests.
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I am following and interested in this thread. I have been testing with API. I thought most said that Salifert was more accurate. I tested with both last night. API said my nitrates were at 20 and Salifert said 5. Crazy!
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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sanderson, Thats almost how the digital test was in comparison to the API test... it was off between 15 - 25 points for each test.
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Thank you all. Keep them coming
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:24 AM   #8
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API is horrible, expensive but worth it digital is the way to go
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:54 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:40 AM   #10
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Hey Evilbass, a little input.
API tests are not very accurate, probably one of the reasons that they are cheaper.
Red Sea tests are a little better, and Salifert are better than that.
Digital are probably better than most drip tests, but are usually the most expensive. There are also differences in the digitals as well. With test kits cost does usually dictate accuracy.
Hope this helps!
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