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    What Test Kits Are You Using?

    After being out of the hobby for a while I've finally gotten around to setting up a 65G frag tank, more or less just to scratch an itch.

    So after going through all my valuable aquarium supplies (or crap as my wife calls it:b2 I've realized all my test kits expired a couple of years ago.

    In the past I've always been a big fan of Salifert test kits, but since I've been out of things for a while I'm wondering what everyone's choice is these days. What I'm looking for in particular is Calcium, Magnesium, Alk and Nitrate. My ph monitor surprisingly still works, just needs a new probe.

    So whats easy to use and accurate these days?
    Thanks.

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    I use both salifert and seachem.

    I find both brands work fine. but once opened dont last all that long.
    I keep mine for ~6-9months and then discard.
    now I really monitor ph and CA.. the rest I determine by eye.. if tank is doing well.. I dont test.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    salifert and elos...
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    Lights: 2X250W 10K XMs, 1X400W10K XM, 6XT5s Al lights controlled by AC Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    I use both salifert and seachem.
    me too :b2:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
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    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    I really monitor ph and CA.. the rest I determine by eye.. if tank is doing well.. I dont test.
    For me it was always ph and alk that I constantly monitored, my previous tank sucked up alk like no tommorrow.

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    So it looks like its back to good ole Salifert.

    On the Seachem and Elos kits, what are you guys testing with those ones?

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    i'm testing CA, and ALK with both systems cauz i dont trust either of them ..lol
    The seachem always gives me a hiped up result, not by much but like real reading should be ~380, i get 410. the salifert is usually a little more precise to the 380-390. and after a few months I usually toss them, I must contaminate them somehow.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I don't mind salifert, except that I end up avoiding doing any testing altogether because the procedure requires so much of 10 seconds of this, then 30 seconds of that, and then standing on your head for 5 seconds, and on and on before I finally get one of possibly 10 tests completed... I think it's been about 5 or 6 months since I last tested anything.
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    I use SeaChem. I've got a bunch of them.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
    Water Movement: Tunze Turbelle Stream 6060, 4 x MaxiJet 1200
    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

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    one of the thing i like about Seachem is that most of their kits come with a known sample to verify the kit / you are working correctly.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
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