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Old 10-25-2005, 03:54 AM   #1
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SW testkits..

I know lamotte and hach have the high end covered as far as testing water is consered.. Im wondering what good testkits are being used that well dont cost a forutune.. thanks..
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Old 10-25-2005, 06:56 AM   #2
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I use the AP saltwater master test kit and it does fine for me. Only thing else I had to buy was a calcium and phosphate kit in addition to the AP kit.
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:44 AM   #3
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I started with... red sea, i think (it came in the "Starter package" that my tank and everything else came with) and wasn't happy with them at all. I asked this same question shortly after I got started and went with Salifert based on accuracy/value comparisons. I've been using them since and have been very happy with their accuracy and ease of use.
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:57 AM   #4
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I use the Aquarium Pharmecueticals brand for the general tests. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphates and ph. But use salifert for my calcium and iodine tests. I've been happy with these kits.
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Hagen seems pretty consistant to me. I cross check it with *gasp * a test strip and, yes, pretty skecthy but...they both match.

At least I got THAT going for me
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:34 AM   #6
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I havnt bought alot of stuff yet. that includes the little things like testkits and salt and such.. Ive been bussy thinking about how I want to do the setup.. its getting close to crunch time.. I have a full set of freshwater kits to test the water Im mixing with.. but thats about it.. so any oppinon is a good one right about now..
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I’ve been using the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Master Test Kit also. Usually runs about $30 in the lfs but you can get it for $16.99 + shipping online.
http://www.thatpetplace.com/MainPro/...55GX+1044+0228
For the money I feel it’s the best deal to test the basic parameters. These liquid tests have been pretty accurate imo and I have used them for 8+ years.

The Master Test Kit doesn’t test for CA, GH, or PO4, so you will have to buy those separately if you need those tests also and they usually run about $7 per test. Aquarium Pharmaceuticals also sells these test but I know a lot of people prefer Seachem or Salifert tests for reef systems.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:38 AM   #8
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I have a PO4 testkit I got for FW testing.. is it the same thing?

btw.. I dont want to sidetrack the thread with this question.. it was just a though.. thanks
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:55 AM   #9
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i use aquarium pharmaceuticals, redsea, and sailfert. i like ap for the quick check just a few drops in shake, and for really acurrate test that take longer i use sailfert. just watch out for the nitrate ap test mine has three shades of yellow that can be hard to tell the difference so i use red sea for nitrate.

i have the ap test for phos and it will work for fresh or salt or at least that what the directions say. so i would you are safe with it.
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just watch out for the nitrate ap test mine has three shades of yellow that can be hard to tell the difference so i use red sea for nitrate.
I have heard that from a lot of people and wonder if they are color blind or if it’s just easier for me? I agree the 2nd and 3rd colors are very close but for me it’s pretty easy to tell when it’s 0 and anything other than yellow is higher than 20 ppm and needs a pwc.

I just have a fowlr but if I kept any thing that was really sensitive to higher NO3 then I would change to the sailfert test. As it is I do 10% changes weekly so NO3 is almost always <5
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