Easiest Magnesium Test

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  1. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Partner Member

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    Easiest Magnesium Test Kit?

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    What, no poll? I love the polls.

    Salifert. Easy to read color change.
     
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    Red Sea Magnesium Pro is about as easy/hard as any other Red Sea titration test... Which means that while it's not simple per-se, it's at least no harder than all the others from them. And when you follow the same basic steps with every test type you're doing, it all becomes that much easier.

    I picked up the Reef Foundation kit, which included Mg along with Ca and Alk - the last of which I've only used once or twice when my Hanna checker gave oddball results.

    (Caveat: Never tried another brand.)
     
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    Any kit that comes with a titrator.

    The old "add one drop, put the lid on, shake, repeat" kits are why I rarely tested Mg in the past.
     
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    Nyos magnesium kit is pretty easy and accurate.

    -add 1ml tank water to test vial
    -add 1ml reagent #1
    -add 1 scoop of reagent #2
    -swirl for 10 seconds or so
    -draw up 1ml of reagent 3 and titrate until color change achieved.
    -note amount used and check chart for reading
     
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    Red sea 100%
     
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    I use the Red Sea mag test and I think it's pretty easy. But I also have not tryed other brand mag tests so don't have anything to compare to.
     
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    Salifert
     
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    Salifert. Haven't tried others though, but the color change is very easy and apparent.
     
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    I haven't tried the others but the salifert is super easy, super quick and extremely easy to read.
     
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    That's what I use. And I have the same caveat.
     
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    Salifert for me. Color change is sudden and profound. Only "complaint" is according to the instructions you can't add 80% of the expected amount of reagent like you can on the calcium kit.
     
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    Elos! Best test kit! Easy and spot on!
     
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    Elos, matched Triton test. Easy to see color change.
     
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    the titrator on the Red Sea is awesome. love it!
     
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    Red Sea Pro tests, new, were put into the trash. They were so far out from Triton test. Elos seems to be the closest to Triton test.
     
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    I like my Salifert test, and while it has 1 extra step it is pretty easy in my opinion. I do add 80% of the syringe to where I expect my Mg to be, and then go drop by drop. I've read articles where it is very close to Triton numbers. I would try Elos second.
     
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    Red Sea's is really easy to see the color change. But that's because it's the only mag test I've used and can say. I'd say go for the best value.
     

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