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Old 04-17-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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Testing kits?

What kind of testing kits does everyone use and which ones do you like the most and have best accuracy?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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Liquid test kits are the way to go. Test strips are more or less redundant (IMO). I personally have the nutrafin liqiud test centre, but i hear very good things about the API master kit. It is good to test regularly. All the best.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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I have both the API Master and API Reef test kits. Actually, I have never heard GOOD things about them, but take them for what they are. Inexpensive tests.
The API Master has pH, which gives a good indication of approximate pH, Ammonia is hard to read at low levels and hard to tell if it's 0 or 0.25ppm, nitrite is fine, but that always reads 0 after the cycle, and Nitrate. Ohh, nitrate! There is also a nitrate test in the Reef kit, and I have used both at times for comparison. Huge different readings on the same test. Exp dates are only 1 month apart too. Junk.
For the Reef, I have yet to compare with a higher quality test, but my new SeaChem tests should be here by the end of the week and I plan on comparing pH, Alk, Calcium. I gave up on the Phosphate test as it always read 0 or .25 and I would do 2 tests back to back with different results. Opened a new Hanna checker for phosphate and very happy with that.

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I will continue to use the Master kit for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrates as my system keeps all those at 0 (confirmed by LFS) and I only need to watch for changes from that.
I will NOT use the Reef kit and will be using the SeaChem tests for things that MATTER, including pH and Alk (1 test), Calcium as well as less critical tests like Silicate and Iodine. My magnesium test is a seperate test, but I can't remember the brand.
Order online and save a ton of money.
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Color chart tests are inaccurate but close enough. I use api saltwater to test my ph ammonia nitrite and nitrate. When it comes to alkalinity nagnesium and calcium i use redsea pro. I keep those test as accurate as possible to help with coral growth.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #6
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salifert makes excellent test kits. Their a little pricey but good
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Use all the above for years then broke down and bought Hanna meters. Pricey but deluxe and accurate.
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Use all the above for years then broke down and bought Hanna meters. Pricey but deluxe and accurate.
Yeah I was looking into them but i didn't want to spend the money but, I think I'm gonna get them in the near future
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Use all the above for years then broke down and bought Hanna meters. Pricey but deluxe and accurate.
Are the Hanna meters good for a long enough period that they will be cheaper than test kits over the years? I was considering them but only if this is the case. And sorry, I am not trying to hijack this thread I was just curious on this.
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Are the Hanna meters good for a long enough period that they will be cheaper than test kits over the years? I was considering them but only if this is the case. And sorry, I am not trying to hijack this thread I was just curious on this.
There's not much to wear out. You have to buy reagents like all the others, but that's all.
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