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Old 08-11-2015, 12:30 AM   #1
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Question regarding test kit.

Red Sea or API? Everything I read indicates Red Sea is more accurate - but how much accuracy is really needed? Salifert seems popular as well - but way too expensive. And with a reef tank do you really test for ammonia/nitrate after cycle? With my FW tank I never test. As long as I do my water changes all is well. If I don't have to test ammonia or nitrite regularly, I was thinking of just getting the red sea reef pro kit and maybe a nitrate and phosphate test. If I have to get ammonia/nitrite/nitrate then red sea starts to really get into the stratosphere on cost in relation to API.
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Red Sea tends to be more accurate because it uses the method of titration to get a more accurate reading.

I just use the regular API liquid kits for normal testing but I'd rather be precise on more advanced tests and that's why I use the Red Sea reef kit.

If you have the money though Red Sea is a good brand.


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Thanks. So I take it you'd recommend using API for basics like ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and using red sea for trace elements?
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Thanks. So I take it you'd recommend using API for basics like ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and using red sea for trace elements?

Yes. In a reef it's best to be precise on those trace elements


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Salifert for Magnesium
Hanna Low Range for Phosphates, Calcium, Alkalinity
API for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate
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