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Old 09-05-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Test Kit Brands

What are good Test Kit Brands? Or Which Test Kits are better to use for Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, PH and calcium,Magnesium, Alkalinity?
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:03 AM   #2
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I use Salifert. They cost more than some others, but are very accurate.
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Yeah that is pretty expensive.... Anything else i'll take any suggestions or other brands that are good.... Everyone give me your input on what you guys use? If possible.... I open to whatever as long it not to pricey.... Thanks for your reply ccCapt

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Agree that Salifert is top notch. I think a good value for your money though are the API (Aquarium Pharmaceuticals) test kits. In my experience, they give pretty accurate and consistent results. And they're available just about everywhere at good prices.

The only issue I found with the API tests are that as you get a little further into the hobby and want better resolution on your results, a few of the API kits just don't cut it. For example, the API test kit for nitrates gives you one color for 0.0ppm and another color for 10.0 ppm. It's pretty tough to know where you're at between those two points. The Salifert kit, on the other hand, can get you a reading down to as low as 0.2 ppm. Big difference if you're really wanting to get a feel for where your nitrates are. Similar issues with alkalinity.

For me, I use API for ammonia, nitrites, pH, alkalinity, and sometimes calcium. I use Salifert for calcium (most the time), nitrates, magnesium, and phosphates.
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API is decent for your basic tests, ammonia, nitrIte, nitrAte. I have some trouble reading their pH test. I would suggest getting them online as they can be a lot cheaper than at your LFS. You probably want to spend the extra money on the other tests, especially if you are doing corals. For FOWLR, API is decent for the money.
Since I only have hitch hiker corals (zoas and button polyps) I use the kit linked below:
Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Saltwater Master Liquid Test Kit
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:56 AM   #6
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Thats the problem I have try to determen if the Nitrate readings are correct it very hard to tell and i have the API master saltwater kit... I just wanted other ideas on whats better..... Thanks Kurt
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I have the Hagen Master Test Kit which includes tests for iron, calcium and phosphate as well as the more generally used tests. I personally found the API pH tests difficult to read. I also use the Jungle 6-in-1 test strips for quick and dirty results since I have ten tanks and doing the liquid reagent tests for all of them would be too time consuming.
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Hagen... my LFS was trying to sell me the test kit before they must of been using it to test there water or they were just trying to move product....
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The Seachem Saltwater kit is decent. I used it for the first year I had my tank. Then I started using Salifert and use them and LaMotte (even more expensive) exclusivley. The Salifert kits have a sharp color change for most tests. It's much easier for me to determine what the actual number is vs. deciding a subtle shade differrence on a card. Even their nitrate kit is easy for me to read compared to the Seachem color card.
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