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Old 03-20-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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What test kit should I get?

Im looking at buying a test kit on a small budget. Would the 34$ reef master kit from petsmart be an accurate choice or do I need to bite the bullet?
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I know API sells a pretty good test kit, I think their saltwater one is about $30 at petsmart, but if you order it online ive seen it at about $25 good luck!
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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The reef master kit is for corals, you want the saltwater master kit if youre looking for the basics.

BUT if you already have it and you are looking for phosphate, calcium, alkalinity and magnesium I would get the separate tests from salifert. More money but the results are so much better and easier to read. You don't have to get them all at once either, you can do what I did and get one test every month or so, lessens the $$ it seems. lol

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The prices arent bad.....
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:35 PM   #4
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Red sea has a reef foundation kit which is calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium all in 1 kit. It's 50 bucks. Way cheaper than doing them separately
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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I know API sells a pretty good test kit, I think their saltwater one is about $30 at petsmart, but if you order it online ive seen it at about $25 good luck!
Amazon...

Amazon.com: API REEF MASTER TEST KIT: Pet Supplies

Amazon.com: API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT: Pet Supplies

They typically have better prices than Petsmart.....
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i have found you get what you pay for in test kits. I would buy Salifert
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Wow can't beat those Amazon prices! It's hard to pass up the whole kit for $20 and both kits for $41. I'm gona try these first I think.
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carey and bavass have it right go with the salifert
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:26 AM   #9
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Salifert is good deff recommend over API test kits
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