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Old 07-27-2004, 01:02 AM   #1
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Red Sea PH test

I have the Red Sea Marine Lab test kit and I don't really understand how to read the PH test results. The color range on the card goes from green to purple and when I test the sample looks blue to me. Is my PH all out of wack? I am in the middle of my cycle and from what I can tell the ammonia spike is over but both the nitrites and the nitrates are high. The SG is a little high right now at 1.025.

I can't really tell what the exact ammonia level is either. I just know it is a lot lower than it was but now I cant tell if its green or yellow. I guess it's more green.

I'm gonna take a sample to the LFS and see what they have to say.

I don't think I'm color blind. I can always see the numbers in the dots on those color blindness test patterns.

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Old 07-27-2004, 01:14 AM   #2
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Maximo, I'm having the same problem with the same test! It doesn't look like any of the colors on the card. It's making me what a Ph meter, but dang if I want to spend another $80. I wonder if any of the other brands are better? One thing I didn't research before buying is my test kit--and I see now that Salifert is the "top" brand.
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:39 AM   #3
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I think all my stupid LFS get together and sell the same crap. All the stores around here sell nothing but the low end of everything. I had to choose from the Fastest kit or the Red Sea. Guess I need to be more willing to buy off the internet. No one around here carries the AquaC or Euroreef skimmers either. There may be hope tho.. a new shop is about to open and I know he is going to have Euroreef.

So you got the Red Sea too? I don't really care for it in general but I've never had another kind so I don't have anything to compare it to.

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Old 07-27-2004, 09:26 AM   #4
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It's pretty normal for pH to be erratic during cycling so no worries there.

But I would still recommend purchasing a better test kit such as Salifert or Seachem. FWIW, the pH meters aren't all that expensive. I think I got mine for about $25 on ebay.
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I can't remember the brand of tests I use, and I'm too lazy to walk downstairs. Anyway, there's a picture of a fish in a dr's outfit on the box. They were inexpensive and work well, very consistent results. For your test, you could always try bumping the ph in your test water and see if it reads a readable color. Your ph might be so out of wack it won't register properly.
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Atari, are all the ph meters about the same? I looked around and found cheapos for $25 and others for $150--I got confused so I just went and hid under a rock shelf and tried to forget about it.
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Seachem marine basic kit is what I used. Aquarium Pharmecuticals test kits are generally decent...but I'd spring for SeaChem any day of the week.

I can't find salifert here, so I can't comment.
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i use the aquarium pharm. tests and they seem to work fine. alwyas consistant results.
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Atari, are all the ph meters about the same? I looked around and found cheapos for $25 and others for $150--I got confused so I just went and hid under a rock shelf and tried to forget about it.
I'm sure that the more expensive ones probably have tons of extra features and whatnot but I can personally only vouch for the $25 Hanna pH Checker 1. It's been one of my best purchases so far.
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The pin point PH monitor is a nice higher end monitor with the Hannah meters coming in nicely in the lower range! For what it is worth Red Sea test kits are pretty bad! Check the expiration on the botttom of the box to be sure it is not old.

Stick with seachem or Salifert and you will be happy.
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