Test kits

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  1. Marine4Life

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    Hi All:wave2:

    When starting up a 1.2m tank at the beginning, which test kits should i be looking to buy in terms of what should i be testing first and which brand names.

    Should i buy a kit to test for everything or is the some test that are only required later as the tank settles after say about 6 months

    Thanks
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    I have heard Tropic Marin and Seachem are good, but you need to verify this with the Gurus
     
  4. Mike

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    Salifert are usually considered the very best amature test kits, but i don't know if they are available in SA
     
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    I am sure Salifert is available, I would go with Mike's suggestion
     
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    Tropic Marine is an excellent brand. I have also used it for years. However the Po4 is'nt all that accurate. For Po4 try Lamoete, Deltec ot Tunze.
     
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    Seachem has a test kit called "Marine Basic".
    It includes all the test kits u gonna need when starting out.
    (pH & Alkalinity, Ammonia ,Nitrite & Nitrate)
    It is a great test kit and gives accurate results .Easy to use as well.
    Tropic marine would be my first choice but they don't do a complete test kit that includes all 5 basic test that I am aware of.
    If money is not the problem get tropic marine ,but as explained they will have to be bought individually
     
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    David TM have the Expert kit which includes all 5. ;)

    The seachem is wicked but I have one complaint, why is the packaking so crap.

    The TM has compartments for every syringe and container, where the seachem is all just chucked into a box and if you need to do only a pH test you have to take out 50 items :whistling:


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    Tropic Marin
     
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  9. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    hehe, i never could get everything in its place after the 1st time
     
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    Seachem or TM ?
     
  11. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    the TM, just forced it in the end :p, shouldnt have taken everything out the 1st time i opened the box
     
  12. Warr7207

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    :lol::lol:

    It comes with a loose diagram that shows where everything must slot in. Maybe fell out in your haste to play with the new toys :)
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    :lol: that should be a top beginner tip: dont be hasty to play with new toys !
     
  14. Puppy

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    Very kool i never knew .Will speak to my LFS about it.
    Only seen the multi and single test kits of TM.
    But the magic question is: price comparison
     
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    Last time I bought R750.00
     

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