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Old 09-17-2003, 11:08 PM   #1
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What type of test kits do you guys recommend getting? I'm gonna need one soon, since I just started out and want to monitor the levels as my 50 gal cycles.
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I am partial to Salifert test kits, very accurate and user friendly.
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I like the Salifert kits also. I have used Seachem with good results. I will even risk being publicly flogged by saying that the Red Sea Calcium Pro kit works well, is accurate, and is easy to use...I don't like their other kits though.
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They have a kit that tests for ph, nitrate, nitrite, I think it's specially packaged for FOSW tanks. I might pick that up if they have it at the LFS. Tanks!!
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I thought it was Frank Sinatra who said that!....anyway welcome to the site.
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I'm also partial to the Salifert test. Much easier to read and results are more acurate, IMO.

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Old 09-18-2003, 11:54 AM   #7
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More on Test Kits

I am a beginner and I made the mistake of first, not owning a phosphate teskit and second, of purchasing a phosphate testkit that stated on the box it was recommended for saltwater, but it turned out it was not sensitive enough. Based on a recommendation from this site I purchased the Salifert Phosphate test kit and I am very happy with it. (It showed me the primary source of my algae problem).
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