Testing Kit????

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  1. maxisoft

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    Hi Guys,

    So my new 4ft is cycling nicely for around 10 days now, and I'm in need of a test kit. The stores I've been to have all given me conflicting advice on which kit to buy. Pls would you fellow reefers assist in which test kit to buy? I would probably go for a complete kit rather than single kits.....
     
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  3. durleo

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    Ok i would stay away from Nutrafin and Sera and Red Sea - I use the seachem basic marine - It will test Nitrite - Nitrate - Ammonia - Alkalinity. I use Salifert for Magnesium and Calcium. If you get the whole salifert range it is good value for money.
     
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    I also would suggest Salifert. The advice i was given is also to stay away from Red Sea. Agree with Durleo on this one. Very good value for money ;)
     
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    Salifert would be the better option and most affordable
     
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    Elos
     
  7. mariusmeyer

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    Where in JHB are you? I have a salifert ammonia and nitrite kit that you can have. They expire mid march and I am not going to use them. I used them maybe 5 times.
     
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    Wow.... Thats awesome... I will apreciate taking you up on your generous offer... And surprise, surprise I live in Fourways myself.... I am currently in Kzn, was going to stay a few more days, but been itching to get back home to check on my tank, so we leaving today.... Thanks again....:)
     
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    As far as test kits go here is my personal opinion and experience. You don't need a nitrite or ammonia test kit because the only time you will ever test for this is during cycling. Rather go get you water tested at one of the sponsors during the initial cycle period, it will work out a lot cheaper than having to buy 2 test kits that will be used at most 6 times each, but if you get them for free then you can't complain. As far as all the other tests go here is a list of my personal favorites for each parameter:

    Alk (kH): Salifert (Accurate), Elos (Quick)
    Calcium: Salifert (Quick and Accurate), Elos (Accurate but takes long)
    Magnesium: Salifert (Quick and Accurate), Elos (Takes long)
    Phosphate: Elos, Salifert (Never gave me any reading where elos did)
    Nitrate: Salifert, Elos (Never gave me a reading where salifert gives me 5)
     
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    No problem. Will send you my details later on. I will be home from around 5.
     
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    Also for those of you that aren't familiar with the elos and salifert test kits here's a little bit that might help you decide on which to buy.

    The Elos test kits rely on counting the number of drops of solution you are adding to the test vial. After a colour change occurs you are then required to do some simple math with the number of drops that you have remembered this whole time to get to a value for the parameter.

    The Salifert test kits rely on the use of a 1mm syringe. This syringe is used in place of the dropper from the Elos tests. Once a colour change occurs you simply read the value off the syringe, look it up in the chart supplied and you get your value for the parameter you are testing.
     
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    I wouldn't go for a complete kit. Depending on what corals you are going to keep you would need the following test kits:

    Nitrate
    Phosphate
    Calcium
    Alk

    Out of all the above test kits the only essential one is the kH or Alkalinity test kit.
     
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    Amazed

    Hi Guys,

    The information I have received from all of you is invaluable. Even my wife is getting excited and now wants to learn as much as possible (she even suggested we cut our holiday short to get home to our cycling tank) , based on all your responses and helpful advice.

    I was on the verge of buying a Tetra test kit while on holiday here in Durban, and now I realise I would have thrown away R750 (which would have gone a far way in purchasing more LR which I really need.)

    Thanks again guys...

    PS: based on all your recommendations, I have a bagful of Bio-Balls and 3 packets of ceramics which I have no use for. Anyone want them, theyre yours...
     
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    No thanks. Use them as stones in the bottom of plant pots :p
     
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    DARN. I thought there was something wrong with my Test Kits as I was using Salifert and after 15 days I have had my Ammonia go up to 0.25 and 0 on the Nitrite. Got an Algae bloom but that is all.

    Was hoping it was the test kit.
     
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    Hi all

    Where can I get a well priced Salifert test kit ?

    Cheers
    Willie
     
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    Since Salifert test kits are brought in by Aquarium Depot all pet shops should sell them for the same MAP price. In other words all pets shops should have the same price for this product.
     
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    Hey since you in durbs - then Marco- The Waterboy is ur man - He is very reasonably priced and will help you with whatever you need ! His number is 0828793943
     
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