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Thread: Reef Test Kit

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    I'm looking into getting a reef test kit so during my research I can have a better idea what my water chemistry is like, but I'm really unsure what to get.

    I usually get API tests, but this: http://www.amazon.com/API-REEF-MASTE...6988642&sr=1-1 doesn't have an alkalinity test and I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations and what all factors for which it should test.
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    Below is the test kits that I use

    I would suggest getting a different brand than API if you want a reef set-up. The API Nitrate test kit can not detect amounts of nitrate under 5 ppm. IMO, anything above 2 or 3 ppm of nitrate is too high for a lot of reef set-ups. I would suggest a test kit that will measure a low as 1ppm.


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    Glad you recommended Salifert test kits Cliff, since they are the only hobby level brand that has kits for nearly all NSW levels.

    Dave
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    Wouldn't I need more the nitrate tests? Calcium, phosphate, magnesium, dKH and whatnot?
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    Salifet has them. You can see most of the marine parameters Salifert has tests for here.

    Dave
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    Is there a master kit available?
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    Not that I know of Ashurbarnipal, at least hobby level tests, in which Salifert is the best. There are some all parameter kits, but they are many hundreds to over a thousand dollars. Most are designed for marine aquaculture facilities.

    Dave
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    So, which kits would you say are essential for me, given what I need to keep?
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    Well, you'd need alkalinity, Calcium, Magnesium, Strotium, Salinity (you'd need a refractometer for this), pH, nitrite, nitrate. You'd want the phosphate if you have a green algae bloom. The Salifert test kit reads down to .015, which is right in the center of natural levels of phosphate.

    Quality marine salt mixes set natural sea levels of minerals, but the life in your tank uses more of them than others. Thus the need for test kits.

    Just FYI, LaMotte makes lab grade test kits and a multi-parameter reader, but they are far more expensive than Salifert.

    Dave
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    Thanks! I just got a little worried when I saw a Boron test kit. I was like "I haven't seen that in any of my research!"
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