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    Posted: August 02 2014 at 7:54pm
What is the best kit for checking water parameters? Is it better to get individual kits? I have read Hanna checkers are good. What is your experience with what worked and what didn't?

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Red sea pro are good. I only use the Hanna checker for phosphates
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I agree the Red Sea Pro gives the best bang for the buck. Alk and Ca are all I test for these days and Mg infrequently. Red Sea even has affordable refills so we can use the syringes and bottles from the original kit.

What about other tests?
If we are staying on top of our biological filtration, other tests are needed so infrequently that it's more economical to take our water to a fish nerd friend Geek in the WMAS for a free test or to the LFS for a small fee. I haven't checked N pollution for ages, except a few months ago, just for kicks, I checked Nitrate. It was near zero.

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I have two Hannah checkers, one for phosphates and one for alk. I like both, but for Alk I usually just use the Red Sea Foundation kit since I'm checking the Ca and Mag and the Alk test is in the kit too. Red Sea seems to have a good fast flash in color that I like, one drop and it all changes so I am pretty confident in my readings. Others I've used start to turn and require a few more drops to complete the change so I sometimes wonder where I was supposed to take the reading.

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I like Red Sea for Calcium, Alk, Mag, and Nitrate. I use the Hanna Checker for Phosphate and a probe for ph. Very rarely do I check for anything else besides salinity which is measured with a refractometer.

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I use Red Sea for Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Iodine/Iodate, Potassium, and Iron. I use the Hanna Checker for Phosphate. I use a probe for pH and temp, and I use a refractometer for specific gravity/salinity.
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