Are Red Sea test kits reliable

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I got the marine care test kit it’s says a different result from api liquid test kit

The Red Sea FOUNDATION PRO kits are more accurate, but use Salifert for testing your magnesium
 
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Why is that? I am in the same shoe as the OP and can’t make my mind up of which test kit to buy.

Look up the accuracy of the Marine Care kit to the Foundation Pro kits.
 

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What should I use for ammonia and nitrite and nitrate

Don't test for ammonia and nitrites / API may do the job

Phosphates: Hanna phos ULR PPM checker

Nitrates: Salifert or NYOS
 
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We will use your thread/pics to help people discern reading differences on these two kits that’s very helpful to see in one place. Cycling threads that have similar test colors to yours will benefit

have you added liquid ammonia
 
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Here’s the results :)
 

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Good point. BRS had a series of test comparisons. Red Sea never was on the button but salifert was almost always on the cheaper alternative. Hanna way too expensive to my liking
Really salifert I will have to get those next time! And no way in hell am I paying 50-70 for those Hanna things lol
 

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Really salifert I will have to get those next time! And no way in hell am I paying 50-70 for those Hanna things lol
Hanna not always came out on the top too. BRS made a good point by saying if 5 people made the test and had close results than the test must be well documented easy to read and most importantly consistent.

I agree wit the accurate results is less important view as we are looking for trends more than just numbers.

What I hate in API is that I can do the test 5 times in a row and I get 5 different results and have to use guess work to decide which was the good one.
 
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