What test kits does everyone use for Mg??

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    I am getting a couple new test kits this week. what does everyone use to Mg? I am also getting alk test kit - I think I am getting the fast test for the alk. It is pretty easy to read.
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    the new instant ocean test kit is just as easy and a couple dollars cheaper on the alkalinity end.

    For Magnesium I use Seachem. In all honesty though in your tank since you aren't useing a kalk or calc reactor magnesium might not be a real issue for you with frequent water changes.

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    I may hold off then. I have been reading over on RC in the lps forum that the three things to watch are alk, calc and mg. I thought it couldn't hurt to get a test kit to keep an eye on it. Have you used the IO test for alk? And if so do you like it as much as your fast test?
     
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    This is the reason I am asking about Mg. My new addition...

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    I also got a merletti frag from a fellow reefer but I have not been able to get a good pic of it yet.
    :helm2: Slowly working on an LPS dominated tank!!!!
     
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    WOW! those look awefully good for only 1 day in the tank. Somebody sure knows how to transport corals.:mrgreen: they really do look awesome.
     
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    honestly if you didn't tell me I wouldn't know the difference between the Instant Ocean and the fast test alk test.
     
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    Thanks bryan
    I will look into the IO test kit then - thanks brandon
     
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    I just wanted to clear up one of my statements above about the magnesium... If you are using a two part additive system such as kent/seachem etc usually the calcium additive already has magnesium in it so you don't need to really worry with it much.

    If your using a balanced one part such as kalkwasser or a calcium reactor then magnesium can become depleted and needs to be a point of focus.

    Just check I bet the Calcium additive your using now has Magnesium already in it.

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