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what are some good multi or master kits that r easy to use ?
Agreed on Salifert and Seachem. Disagree completely on Aquarium Pharmaceuticals.JennM said:Salifert, Seachem and Red Sea are good and reasonably priced. Salifert doesn't make a "master" kit per se but many vendors will bundle tests for you. Seachem and Red Sea make bundled kits, as well as individual ones.
They are all reasonably accurate too.
IMO, avoid Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kits... they are often the cheapest... and you get what you pay for
clarification: Salifert's and Seachem's nitrate test kits are more usable/readable at lower ranges where reefers will be interested in low nitrate levels. I don't use AP or tetra nitrate tests on my reef tanks because the nitrates are so low they never register in the AP or tetra nitrate tests.bgi said:Aquarium Pharmaceuticals ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate kits are (in my exp) just as accurate as any of the others
No reason to switch out ammonia or nitrite. AP's work just as well as any. Nitrates, on the other hand, would be better tested with something else like Salifert or Seachem. pH requires a meter.RipTide said:I have been using the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Master test kit which has tests for PH, Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates. I bought it because it was cheap at Petsmart and being new to saltwater I thought they were all the same. After reading these forums, I will probably switch to Salifert or Seachem when I use it up.
I only test for ammonia or nitrites when I see a problem or start a new tank. In my reef tanks, I test:RipTide said:I also purchased 2 Nutrafin test kits for Calcium and Alkalinity from my LFS. You have to do alot of color matching and drop counting with these also though, and like tdwyatt said, this doesn't seem as precise as I would like. I can also vouch for the inaccuracy of swing arm hydrometers. Being new, I carried mine to the LFS to compare it to theirs. They were not even close. They opened a new one out of the package and it was completely different from the other 2. I will be getting a refractometer when I can afford it for sure. How many different things do most of you experienced reefers test for? I'm testing for Ammonia,PH,Nitrites,Nitrates,Calcium, and Alkalinity, and will probably buy kits for Magnesium, and Phosphates soon. Any others you think are critical for a mixed reef?
THANK YOU, JENN!!!JennM said:I respectfully disagree with regard to Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Ammonia and Nitrite tests... they often give false positives, or readings that are totally out of whack. Have had this experience myself, as have many of my customers. (No I don't sell AP tests but almost everybody else does because they are inexpensive, and therefore a popular choice). I've seen a number of people in this forum experience the same thing.