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Old 04-11-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
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Water Testing Methods????

Any suggestions on water test kits / effective methods of test??? Tank is going to be a reef tank once cycling is done.... not sure if the test strips are ok or if the drip kits are a better bet, or if therer is any other methods out there???
Also wondering which is less expensive in the long run and if there is a kit out there that is far superior and tests for everything i would need, like an all in one type deal???
Thanks for the help,
Any links out there on a list of what exaclty needs to be monitored for a reef tank, just too be sure i am not neglecting anything!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 04-11-2005, 11:55 AM   #2
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I've heard that the strips aren't as reliable as the drip kits.

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Old 04-11-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Salifert kits are good...
you should have nitrate, calcium, alkalinity to start with. Phospahte is another good one and salicate. this is all I have ever tested for (except new tank for amm and nitrite)
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Old 04-11-2005, 02:27 PM   #4
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bare minimum is a SeaChem brand Marine Basic kit. ($25) It has 2 ammonia tests, nitrate, nitrite, pH, and alkalinity. They make a good phosphate kit too, but it's separate($10). Since you said 'reef', you'll also need a calcium test kit, like SeaChem's Reef Status - Calcium kit ($25). Its a little fancier, very accurate...more akin to the Salifert line in quality and price.

Salifert is a great brand too. A little pricey ($20 per test kit) but the quality is top notch. I use their Magnesium test kit ($20)...the instructions are a little weird, obviously a poor translation, but its usable.
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