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Old 02-04-2015, 11:57 PM   #21
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What's a better test kit?

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API's calcium kit is the worst in their arsenal. I would go with Salifert for calcium.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:19 AM   #23
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I would recommend Redsea if the budget is tight. Salifert if your willing to spend some money.
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I would recommend Redsea if the budget is tight. Salifert if your willing to spend some money.
I think there's a 4 dollar difference.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:32 AM   #25
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I use salifert for the calcium, magnesium, alkalinity and phosphates. Unless I use the hanna checker for the alk and phosphates.....
The ph is fine too, if it consistently stays around the same number it is better believe it or not to just leave it than to mess with it. I ran for years at 7.8 and never had any issues with corals. Over the years it has kinda adjusted itself up to like 8.3, go figure. lol
But yeah, get good accurate tests and let us know what the readings are over a period of say a week. That will really shine a light on what is going on in that tank.
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I use salifert for the calcium, magnesium, alkalinity and phosphates. Unless I use the hanna checker for the alk and phosphates.....
The ph is fine too, if it consistently stays around the same number it is better believe it or not to just leave it than to mess with it. I ran for years at 7.8 and never had any issues with corals. Over the years it has kinda adjusted itself up to like 8.3, go figure. lol
But yeah, get good accurate tests and let us know what the readings are over a period of say a week. That will really shine a light on what is going on in that tank.
I found them for $54 so I ordered those 3. My ph probe says 7.4 if it works right on saltwater

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My magnesium has been high but coming down. The calcium has been staying at 320. Everyone and everything seems fine

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