Best test kit for the money?

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Best test kit for the money?

Postby causeofhim on Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:10 pm

OK, I need to get my own test kit. Do not want to run to the pet store every time. I know salifert is very good but also very expensive. What kits are good for keeping a reef tank and wont break me when I buy it?

Or if anyone wants to sell theirs and try a different one, let me know.

Thanks,
Matt :)
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Postby chazz-66 on Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:03 pm

I have used Laborett by Tetratest and have had no problems with my 55Gal. Reef :D
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Postby Brad_608 on Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:15 pm

I used a tetra no3 kit once and it said my nitrates were over 100 ppm :shock:

but everything was fine, retested several times before picking up a salifert tester and it said they were 25ppm.

don't know what was wrong with mine but test was inaccurate.
this was purchased through ebay though, so could have been old.
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Postby Ereefic on Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:19 pm

I would recommend Salifert test kits to any day of the week. There really not that expensive. I go with Salifert because they are a reliable test that has a great reputation. I don't doubt my results.

What parameters are you looking to be testing for?

Just as an example:

Alk./KH test - $11 for 100-200 tests
Calcium - $17 for 50-100 tests
pH - $9 for 50 tests
Nitrate - $14 for 50 tests

So that's $51 for the basic (IMO) test kits, of course add shipping. Those tests should last you awhile, unless your testing everyday or something. If your just starting up a tank and looking to track your cycle, cheaper kits IMO are better because you really don't need to be that accurate with Amm. and Nitrite when testing, and there rarley needed after the tank is established and running.

Here is the site where I found that pricing:

http://www.globeaqua.com/testkits.html

This is the cheapest I found them without looking to hard.

Salifert all the way!!! :)
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Postby BraenDead on Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:18 pm

I would have to agree about the salifery comment. I recently picked up a salifert Nitrate test as I doubted my previous test (don't remember the brand) which showed nitrates at 30ppm. I used the salifert and it consistently showed 1.0 - 2.0 ppm Nitrate. Making sure you get consistently accurate numbers is worth the extra money, otherwise it may just be money wasted if the numbers mean nothing.

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Postby BraenDead on Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:44 pm

This is a test
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