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uscamaro 12-18-2010 09:36 AM

What testing supplies?
I have API's Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia, and High Range PH testing fluids. I want to get Calcium and Phosphate and whatever else is important. I'll be starting off with fish, then add LPS corals in the next couple of months, SPS several months/year down the road.

Also, what test brands do you guys like? I have read some strong opinions against API.

mr_X 12-18-2010 09:44 AM

salifert for calcium. you can use the api for alk. mag and strontium tests i would wait on. wait till you are wanting to add the sps.

uscamaro 12-18-2010 09:47 AM

Perfect. I think it was your comments in posts a few years ago that got me to question them, I will go Salifert!

cmor1701d 12-18-2010 11:10 AM

I use Salifert for Ca, Alk, Mg, and NO3. I would recommend you get a 5 ml syringe at the drugstore to add water to the API tubes. The silk screening of the 5 ml line is rarely correct.

uscamaro 12-19-2010 09:50 AM

Is that the perfect amount for the glass test tubes? I get so frustrated having to dip and spill to get it to the white line. And do they sell the syringes on the shelf or do you have to get them from the pharmacist?

cmor1701d 12-19-2010 01:33 PM

Those lines are supposed to be 5 ml. You can find the syringes in the aisle. Just ask one of the associates. They may be with the ear cleaning supplies.

These are measuring syringes, no needle is attached.

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