The New D-D Test Kits

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  1. Pete

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    So I have purchased the new D-D Aquarium Solutions test kits and will do a small reveiw on them. I will upload pics of the kits and also some pics taken as I did the tests to show how they work. Pics and a write up will follow shortly.
     
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    The first kit I will show is the Calcium,Magnesium & Alkalinity combination test kit
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    This is what it looks like inside the plastic holder

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    And one more

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    nice, what else is there in the range?
     
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    So the test kit consists of the following

    Calcium (60 tests) - 2x liquids and one powder a small spoon for the powder and a clear syringe tip
    Magnesium (30 tests) - 3xliquids and a red syringe tip
    KH (75 tests) - One liquid
    1x syringe for drawing up water 2x reagent syringes and 2x test vials (I have purchased an extra 1ml syringe so that each test as its own syringe for the final reagant)

    I will start of with the KH test (please note that I am not adding every detail to the test and one should read the manual before testing as this thread is just to give a idea of the kit.)

    This test uses 10ml sample water from tank and you use one of the clear tips with the green syringe. Make sure to always use this tip and syringe for this test only.
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    Draw up 1ml of the kh reagent and start dripping in to the sample. After a few drops you get a blue colour in the test sample known as the start point.

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    You will carry on dripping until you reach the colour change in the next pick this is the end point

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    Once youhave reached this point you would read of the chart also provided to get your reading.
    One nice point of this kit is if you add to much reagent you get an overdose indicator shown in the next pic (at this point you would have to test again.

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    Calcium and Magnesium test

    Here I am only going to do the Calcium test as the work almost the same

    You need 5ml sample water to be tested, the black syringe and the other clear tip

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    Add 5 drops of reagent A shake gently, then add one level scoop reagent B (powder)and shake gently until all the powder has dissolved. let it stand for 20 seconds and then you should have your start point.

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    You then add 1ml Reagent C to the syringe and start dripping the reagent into the test sample one can add 50% of the reagent and the slow down the dripping until you reach the end point.

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    Likes and dislikes(Pro's and cons if you want)

    Know these are only my findings and can differ from person to person.

    Likes
    *Easy to use once you read and understand the instructions do not speed read.
    *Comes with a writen and a picture user manual
    *All three tests have a colour comparison on the card provided
    *There are refills available for all the reagents
    *Neatly packaged in a plastic box with a tipe of latch on it

    Dislikes
    *Only 2x 1ml syringes and 2x test vials (I would have put one in for each test)(this is only my personal oppinion)
    *Most would say the kit is pricey(But you get refills for the reagents) so I assume the most expensive part would be to get the initial kit.
    *Kh reagant bottle does not seal well and leaks reagent.(but this could be a problem with this one only and will have to wait and see when I get a refill if it does the same.

    But in my oppinion this kit will get a big:thumbup: and if I was asked to recommend a test kit the D-D multi test will be the one.

    Please note I have not added any pricing to my write up as I feel thats the sponsors duty and not mine.

    I would like to do a comparison with some of the other kits available to us but that will come at a later stage.

    Watch this space for a quick review on the the nitrate and Phospate kits
     
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    @dallasg the other kits available are Nitrate (hi and low range) Phosphate (hi and low range) and a Iodine kit
     
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    Very cool thanks pete, where can we get these?
     
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    Potasium?
     
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    As far as I know here in PTA and JHB the kits are available from the following pet shops

    Dorry Pets
    Idol Marine
    Exotics

    As for the Potasium I dont think there is one as I am also looking for one but will have to find out.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    fauna marin have potasium test kit
     
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    So with calcium and magnesium, you just add the number of drops until you get to the end-point? And that will show off on your reading chart?
     
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    thanks pete..
     
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    That is correct after making the coctail you add the drops like most other tests and then read your end point of the chart
     
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    No problem uncle.
     
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    Just got the same test Mg..... very very nice, a bit confusing in the beginning but once you got it you can see how accurate it is, a drop here or there can throw the reading out.

    You make the cocktail (for calcium) they say you can add 0.5ml of the reactant in and then drop by drop till you get the blue color. You then take the amount left in the syringe and you compare to the chart to get your value.

    Found my:
    Cal: 490
    Mg: 1480
    kH: 6.2
     
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    WOW Pete, being away, I did not know of this review until now. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    We did not bring in the refill kits with our first shipment but they are on order and will arrive in a few weeks.
     
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    please pm pricing for the no3 and po4 refills.
     
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