Best test kits for beginners

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    JAnderson1

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    What test kit would you suggest for beginners? What do I need to test for? What kit is best, which should I stay away from? Thanks

    Justin
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    Api has a decent test and so does red sea.

    Ammonia
    Nitrite
    Nitrate
    Phoshates
    And the big 3, alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium once you establish corals (lps and sps)
     
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    Stay away from thest strips....they are inaccurate!
     
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    If you plan on having an aquarium long term mine as well do it right with SALIFERT test kits. Especially for your coral tests. (Alk, Cal, Mg)
     
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    Matching the color of the test to the color chart can be frustrating with API test kits and salifert can seem a little intemidating for a beginner. That being said I've used API for years and once you learn that the colors don't exactly match they are a good test. Salifert is a more accurate test imo but takes longer to test and costs more. One thing to keep in mind is that all the test kits are "hobby grade" and within the same tolerances so unless you are willing to buy pharmaceutical grade tests expect a margin of error.

    I use API for PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and Phosphate
    And Salifert for Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium
     
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