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BrandonD32

New to dosing. Opinions on testing.

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What does everyone use for Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium testing? I am torn between Salifert and Red Sea right now. I have a 20 long currently that is starting to become SPS dominant. I have always just dosed 2 part manually without testing much. I am going to be buying a doser and would like to know the pros and cons to both of these brands.

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I hate the red sea mag test and really like the salfert mag test.. I use red sea for ca and alk and have no problems with it , i have yet to try salfert. 

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Hanna Checkers are probably the most accurate (but expensive). However, I feel Salifert, Giesemann and Red Sea are close enough/good enough for most hobbyists' needs.

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I've used red sea and salifert, they are pretty much bang on the same with results.

 

Api wasn't far off from them but api doesn't give spot on numbers like 8.8(example)

 

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Hanna for phos and alk- I like the digital factor and its fast testing with the hanna.

I test alk the most so I like to use the hanna.

 

Salifert for ca and mag.

 

I use salifert, api, or any kit for nitrates.

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Thanks for the input! I will be going with a mix of brands as it seems everyone does eventually. 

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