Testing Kits

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  1. Dexter

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    I am looking to buy my first testing kits but I am not sure what to buy. What will be regarded as the more important ones to get? I can't buy all the tests at once. Looking to buy the individual Salfiret kits. At the moment I don't run a sump and are depended on water changes.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well the most important are in order for me
    pH - both for fish and corals
    Alk - for corals
    Ca - for corals, inverts
    Mg - for corals , inverts
    No3 - keep check of nutrients
    Po4 - as above
     
  4. Dexter

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    Thanks @dallasg....this helps me alot....gives me a starting point...is the individual tests better than the complete units that one can buy?
     
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    Yes only as it's easy to replace etc, what livestock do you have?
     
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    2 tangs
    regal
    6 cardinals
    4 chromis
    fox face
    some sea stars
    bi-colour blenny
    shrooms
    kenya tree
    2 small frags (Bird nest and Pociloporra I think it's called)

    THink thats it
     
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    based on that, the essentials now would be given that you still do water change and coral load is light
    pH, NO3 and PO4
     
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    Dexter sorry for hijacking your thread but if I was to buy a complete test kit what would be recommended?
     
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    I recommend salifert, so for an all in one my guess would be Seachem or redsea
     
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    Hi,

    I'm also new to Marine and after alot of reading on the internet I decided to buy the Red Sea Marine Care kit...
     
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    nothing wrong with redsea....
    but as time goes on, you will rely on a few and use the tank to tell...

    as an example i currently test Alk only due to running a Carx and if alk is correct my other params are generally in line.

    maybe every 2-3 months i will test the others
     
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    If you don't mind me asking where did you buy and cost?
     
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    The two utmost important bits of test kit are a thermometer and a means to test Salinity.

    These two bits of kit will help you ensure that your water changers and salinity is kept stable.

    For me, I would first invest in a refractometer to ensure that I mix my salt consistently to the correct SALINITY. Then I would invest in a TDS combo thermometer meter so that I can keep check on the TDS in the RO water I am using to make up the excellent quality water that is going to be used for water changes or top ups. Some TDS meters also have a temperature indicator as well.

    The next bit of kit I would buy would be a pH pen. pH test kits are available but a pen will last many years and is a quick reference.

    After that look at the test kits for the three nitrifying stages. Ammonia, Nitrite and nitrate.

    Next would be Phosphate.

    Once these parameters are in check the next is Alkalinity followed by Calcium and Magnesium.

    Then when you realy get into it you could look at...
    Iodine
    Potassium
    Iron
    silicate
    copper
    :)
     
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    Thanks for the detailed explanation @Nemos Janitor....this really does help me...at the moment I'm reliant on LFS supplying me quality water. And I think its time to go to the next step...testing water!!!!!
     
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    As a noob I battle with the red sea marine kit. Sometimes the test colors so close not sure which one to match to on the chart.:lol:
     
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    How much are these test kits
     
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    Wich ones are you referring to karen?
     
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    Im new to all of this so which is the best test kit and price most probably red sea?
     
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    Im not familiar with all the different tests available but I think the Salfiret ones start at about R150 and go up to about R300. The seachem test kit i saw i while back at R900. Dont know the price on the red sea ones.
     
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    I think that Salifert are cheaper than Red Sea and general opinion on Masa seems to be they are better.
     
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    Agree...prefer salifert to red sea
     
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