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Old 03-30-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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What's every bodies opinion on which is the best test kit? I have the full gamut of API testers but I was recently told that most of them are inaccurate for saltwater. Last night I purchased the "coral trio" in Red Sea testers. ( kh,ca,mg). Does anybody have an opinion on how accurate the red seas are? I'd like to get more from them if they have good reviews.
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Salifert and Elos make good test kits. I am not sure about the Red Sea products.
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Salifert and Elos make good test kits. I am not sure about the Red Sea products.

While I was at That Fish Place last night I was also checking out the salifert testers. After talking to three different employees about testing they all led me to the Red Sea kits due to easiness, accuracy, and price. Two of the employees exact words (which was kinda weird) were " by all means stay away from API testers for saltwater". This would have been nice to know before I bought every single tester API makes a few months ago. Lol.

I also bought 2 new MH bulbs. I explained to them that my fixture was two 150w 20,000k MH with two 460nm t5's. I told them I didn't know when the last time the bulbs had been changed so they suggested changing them. BUT they said I would be better off with the 10,000k bulbs for maximum coral growth...seem legit??
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I went there yesterday too... What a mad house!!
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I drove 3 hours to get there. I got there around 7 and they had to push me out the door at closing time. Lol. But I go a few times a month.
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Yes, generally 10k lamps put out more PAR than 20k, but they just don't look as nice. As long as your T5s can blue up the tank enough, you'll be fine.
What brand halides did they sell you?
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Yes, generally 10k lamps put out more PAR than 20k, but they just don't look as nice. As long as your T5s can blue up the tank enough, you'll be fine.
What brand halides did they sell you?

Reeflux. They were normally 70 but I got them for 21 on sale.
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There has also been some debate on my t5's. Some say I shouldn't have put in the 460nm bulbs and should have went with 420nm bulbs. What's your opinion Professor X? Lol
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Hmm...I am partial to ATI Blue Plus. I haven't seen a lamp that made a tank look better, while adding considerable PAR.
T5 ATI Blue Plus - Bulk Reef Supply
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What is the nm rating on those bulbs?
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