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Test Kits

Discussion in 'General (Hobby Related)' started by BigBlue, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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     I have been using Salifert to test my nitrates and its been testing pretty high like 25ppm. Well to day I used my API test and it read 0ppm./site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/blink.gif So I tested it again and it still read 0ppm./site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/blink.gif So then I busted out the Salifert test and sure enough it tested at 25ppm./site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/mad.gif What do you guys think? You think I have a bad nitrate kit?
    I read a post on RC under the Salifert forum and I guess they are having problems with that kit. So I don't konw how many of you use Salifert test kits but I would be double checking your readings just to be on the safe side.
     
  2. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Hey Monty,

    I would see if you can get your water tested by someone else in the area(someone you trust) for a second opinion. Personally, I'm thinking about using http://www.aquariumwatertesting.com/ for quarterly checks against my test kits.
     
  3. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    I had Jermey test it last week with his Salifert test and it also came out 25 ppm.
     
  4. BGreenlee

    BGreenlee Inactive User GIRS Member

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    Posted By slovan on 11/05/2007 6:37 PM
    Hey Monty, I would see if you can get your water tested by someone else in the area(someone you trust) for a second opinion. Personally, I'm thinking about using http://www.aquariumwatertesting.com/ for quarterly checks against my test kits.
    Interesting site Sone. I think quarterly check might be a pretty good plan just for the piece of mind.
     
  5. nielsen2773

    nielsen2773 Inactive User

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    do you knon on the salifert test kits you then divide by 10 which would make you reading 2.5 probably not far off.
     
  6. einsteins

    einsteins Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Salifert has been having many problems with their kits over the last few months....

    I dont trust them much any more.
    Check the Salifert forum on RC, you can most likely find out more there.

    eins
     
  7. einsteins

    einsteins Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Salifert is defintely having issues and it seems Habib is MIA...
    Here is something on Nitrate kits... http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1241017

    hope this helps
    eins
     
  8. Lee

    Lee Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Have you been following the directions to a T shaking the bottles before and waiting 5 minutes? I know the API Nitrate test is a long process.
     
  9. nielsen2773

    nielsen2773 Inactive User

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    My salifert test kit is easy add 1 ml of water to vial, a scoop of powder 1 ,and a scoop of powder 2 and gently swirl let stand 3 minutes and whaall compare colors if to hard to tell compare holding it looking through the side and divide by 10.
     
  10. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    Yep I did the just what the kit says. I don't know I have heard alot of people are having troubles with the Salifert Nitrates kits. So I think I'm going to stick with the API tests. They might take a little longer but I trust them a little bit more.
     
  11. Travis

    Travis Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    I did not know Salifert was having trouble. I always treated them as the "gold standard".... Good to know.
     
  12. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    Ya if you go to RC under the Salifert forum there are a lot of people on there complaning about there test kits.
     

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