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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
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    I'm online now looking for a reef master test kit. Been using API's from the beginning. Found it for $21+shp any other suggestions?
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    I use sali fert cost more but still cheap compared to others.

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    dlhirst - Reefkeeper
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    Jamie, is ther some objection to the API tests? I started with Red Sea kits, and have replaced a couple as needed with API. I find them to be easier to use, and perhaps more accurate than the Red Sea tests.

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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlhirst View Post
    Jamie, is ther some objection to the API tests? I started with Red Sea kits, and have replaced a couple as needed with API. I find them to be easier to use, and perhaps more accurate than the Red Sea tests.
    No none at all. Was just wondering is all.
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    I like the API kits as well - used to use the old Red Sea kits, which were inaccurate, but I've heard good reviews about the newly formulated Red Sea kits (on par with Salifert ease and accuracy). I still use API myself, but when the run out/get old I'll probably make the switch.

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    API test kits for me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartyblaze View Post
    API test kits for me too!
    +1 with out the "fancy" probes its the best you can do, imo

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    I like API. I've tried others, but have stayed with API over the past few years.

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    I think API is descent for alk and calc. Nitrate gives too many false 0's in my opinion. Nobody has a reliable phosphate kit. And there really isn't a need for ammonia and nitrite once you've cycled.

    All that said I think Lamotte has the best nitrate kit, better than Salifert (at least it's easier to read the results). I still think I like Saliferts Alk kit better than Lamottes, but they are both pretty good. Currently I use Salifert for Mag and Calc, though I don't test mag very often and should probably get a new kit. For phosphates I just run gfo and don't worry about it too much.

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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
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    Thanks for the input peoples. I'll be sticking with the API, as a newb I was just wondering if there was something out there that I don't know about, know what I mean?
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