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Old 02-23-2005, 05:46 PM   #1
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What test kit do you like?

We are close to running out of the strip test kit that the LFS sold us upon set up and want to buy a better test kit. What do you recommend? Right now we are FOWLR.. what tests do we need beside the normal: Nitrites, Nitrates, amnia, Total Alk? We have good amnia, PH and Silicate test already. Someone mentioned needing to test the Calc and Alk for the Live Rock. That's new to me. Do you do this?

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Old 02-23-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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I use the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Master test kit and it works well. Comes with PH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate tests.
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I use SeaChem Marine basic kit. It seems to work well.
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I use Red Sea test kits ordered from www.marinedepot.com. For $50 you can get everything that you need to test for a reef.

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Old 02-24-2005, 03:50 PM   #5
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Dont worry about testing for calc and alk for your LR. As long as you do regular water changes it will be replenished there as will most trace elements. I am using Aquarium Pharm. but plan to shange to seachem.
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:31 PM   #6
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Salifert with Seachem as a backup if I can't get the Salifert kits.
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I just started using Salifert tests - I like them much better than the aquarium pharmaceuticals tests I was using.

There must be a correct answer on this subject as far as which are the most accurate... I'm sure someone will chime in with that.
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The two best are Seachem and Salifert PERIOD. IMO and most other saltwater hobbyist opinions IME. HTH
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My experience, using both Seachem and Salifert, is that both are very accurate. IMO, the Salifert is easier to use which is why I prefer them. YMMV.
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From my readings, Salifert and Seachem seem to be the most accurate and popular.

Where's the best place to buy Saliferts?
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