Nitrate Test - Switch? Salifert vs Hanna

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I’ve been using the Salifert Nitrate test kit for about a year now. It’s fine, but I’d rather not deal with the color matching. Considering switching to the Hanna Checker. I use a Hanna for Alk and really like it. What are the opinions on Hanna vs. Salifert for nitrate? Is Hanna quicker and easier to read? Thanks all!
 
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Where do you keep No3 at. Hanna might be worth the time if keeping low nutrient tank. I like nyos it’s fast and easy keep no3 5-10ish and I’m happy
 

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Not even a close competition. Salifert is worlds easier. Hanna takes like 15 minutes to complete the whole procedure, minimum, and is only really good to have if you keep NO3 under 5 PPM and need a very specific number.

Basically, if you want to ride the line just above zero, get the Hanna. If you just need a decent enough idea of where you are, Salifert wins hands down.
 
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I just got my Hana...the first time doing the test it took me about 15 minutes, no requirement to look at colors!
 
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Thanks for all the feedback. Sounds like it probably isn’t worth switching. I’m going to look into NYOS though. My NO3 is generally 1-2 ppm per Salifert test kit.
 
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Thanks for all the feedback. Sounds like it probably isn’t worth switching. I’m going to look into NYOS though. My NO3 is generally 1-2 ppm per Salifert test kit.
I just checked my Nyos kit. At that low end the Nitrate scale is 0, 1, 3, 5, 12 .... So depending upon how “accurate” you want your readings this might not work for you. I’m usually running between 3-8 so I’m comfortable with NYOS.

I know with Salifert you can read through the side of the vial and then divide by ten for more accuracy on the low end. Nyos doesn’t have that.
 

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I’ve been using the Salifert Nitrate test kit for about a year now. It’s fine, but I’d rather not deal with the color matching. Considering switching to the Hanna Checker. I use a Hanna for Alk and really like it. What are the opinions on Hanna vs. Salifert for nitrate? Is Hanna quicker and easier to read? Thanks all!

I have had good experiences with the Hanna Checkers...Here is a link to my evaluation of the HI-781 Nitrate Checker https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/h...trite-interference.783628/page-2#post-8556446 ....Post # 29

Might help

Rick
 

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I have Hanna for everything except Mag (Red Sea), Stront, Iodine, Ammonia (all Salifert) and Salinity (refracometer). Each one required a slight learning curve but, even with the time involved in a couple of them, they are well worth it.
 
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