BIG THREE: What Test Kits are you using for ALK, CAL, MAG in 2021?

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Do you choose a test kit brand and stick with it or are you willing to change?

  • Stick with it

    Votes: 139 31.9%
  • Willing to change

    Votes: 285 65.4%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 12 2.8%

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One thing hobbyists tend to go back and forth on are test kits and that's due to various reasons. I would like to hear what everyone is using for the big three (alk, cal, mag) in 2021! Which do you trust the most and why? Let's talk about it!

1. What brand test kits are you using for Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium in 2021?

2. Why are you using the test kits that you are using?


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Alk—Hanna
Ca—Salifert
Mag—Aquaforest
 

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One thing hobbyists tend to go back and forth on are test kits and that's due to various reasons. I would like to hear what everyone is using for the big three (alk, cal, mag) in 2021! Which do you trust the most and why? Let's talk about it!

1. What brand test kits are you using for Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium in 2021?

2. Why are you using the test kits that you are using?


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Hanna for all except for Red Sea for magnesium.
 

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I am a new reefer. Started with FOWLR, only testing for Nitrate and Ammonia using Salifert. When I started my reef tank (upgrade, started fresh) I bought a big API pack and started using that plus my Salifert Ammonia and Nitrate. Got more interested in Calcium and Magnesium so I added Salifert tests for those as well and just upgraded my nitrate to Hanna so I can see low level digital readings. I recently ordered a Hanna Alkalinity kit and will eventually move to Hanna for others. I love the digital readings.
 

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1. What brand test kits are you using for Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium in 2021?

Trident. I am loving it, even though it had a rocky start. Once it was all se up, the mechanical/programming issues were addressed by Neptune support (much of which was user error in the set up) it was and is spot on. I do check it from time to time vs my Hanna cheker for Alk and I still do monthly ICP testing (because I want to and it makes me feel safer to do so)

2. Why are you using the test kits that you are using?

I am using the Trident because I like how it integrates with my Apex, how easy it is to use and because I can keep a consistent “finger on the pulse” of my aquarium.

I have heard rumblings of a second “trident” from Neptune in the works. If they make one I will buy it ASAP. I am hoping for Nitrate, phosphate and either iodine or potassium (preferably iodine...I think)

I also need to give a “shout out to the Hanna Checkers. I love my Alk tester and I won’t ever get rid of it so I can periodically test it against my Trident. Redundancy is key in this hobby!!

Whatever test kits you use don’t chase numbers and ENJOY the hobby!
 

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One thing hobbyists tend to go back and forth on are test kits and that's due to various reasons. I would like to hear what everyone is using for the big three (alk, cal, mag) in 2021! Which do you trust the most and why? Let's talk about it!

1. What brand test kits are you using for Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium in 2021?

2. Why are you using the test kits that you are using?


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I’m a on the poor boy side of the hobby and have been using Salifert for over a year. Pretty solid results for me. I have also dabbled in the Red Sea kits with great results. I think API does a good gob as well I just tend to break the little tubes often
 
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Do you have a plan to "winterize" your reef tank?

  • YES (tell us what in the thread)

    Votes: 9 8.3%
  • NO and I will not

    Votes: 81 75.0%
  • I will think about it now

    Votes: 14 13.0%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 4 3.7%
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