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Old 10-13-2012, 05:07 PM   #11
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The tank is going to be a 100 gallon reef tank filled with different corals (sps Lps soft anemones)
So basically I'm getting Red Sea test kits
Nitrate and phosphate $38
Iodine, potassium, iron $66
Alkalinity, magnesium, calcium $44
I'm also getting a refractometer for $50

Salifert
Nitrite $16
Ammonia $18
Ph $13
Copper $15 (do I need it)

And do I need
Silica $20
Dissolved oxygen
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #12
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Start with the basics till your cycled.


Ammonia
Ph
Nitrate
Nitrite/phosphate (cheaper in the combo from Red Sea than separate)

Then...

Calcium
Alk
Mag

Then the others

You only need the copper if you are treating for iCh with copper meds. The API is fine for this. I have it and use it

I haven't seen anyone here give oxygen results, pass for now.

Hope this helps and can spread the cost out a bit.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:54 PM   #13
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The ones that are next to each other are the combos
Should I pass on silica or silicate ? If that's it ill just get all the others at once so I wouldn't have to worry because my nearest lfs doesn't have Red Sea and the one that does us over 1 hour away. So I'm going to order from dr foster smith pet supplies.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #14
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Also which company is more accurate salifert or Red Sea.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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They are both very good. I use the Red Sea and it seems easier to,use. I just got the combo kit with the calcium today and it was super easy and accurate. The titration thing is very cool.

Also, was talking to Francis from fish tank kings at my Lfs today and he mentioned that the tropic Marin kits are good and what he uses. I might get that for ammonia and ph when I am finished the API ones I have now.

For the price, the Red Sea is the way to go.

Unless you have an issue with silicates, skip them.

Also, skip the copper till you need it. You will be picking up copper meds and can get the test kit at the same time. I do however recommend a QT tank. I learned the hard way and have a 200.00 Australian tusk I am currently treating for iCh 😕

Good luck
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