View Full Version : Seachem test kits

10/27/2009, 12:18 AM
Any one using these?
How do they compare to Salifert?
The place I buy my kits from is out of Salifert, and I'm wondering if I should try out the Seachem or just find another place to get my test kits from.

10/27/2009, 12:49 AM
salifert is the best i think

10/27/2009, 12:54 AM
I dont like the seachem test kits.

I use the API kits and the Salifert kits.

10/27/2009, 12:57 AM
what don't you like about them, I don't really like the api myself. It seems like they are not as accurate as the Salifert test kits.

Randy Holmes-Farley
10/27/2009, 05:14 AM
I'd avoid the Seachem borate alkalinity kit as I think it unreliable. The total alkalinity part of it was accurate.

The Seachem Borate Alkalinity Test Kit

10/27/2009, 09:58 AM
Any luck with the other ones, calc, mg?

Randy Holmes-Farley
10/27/2009, 11:02 AM
I've not carefully tested any other Seachem kits. :)

10/27/2009, 12:04 PM
Would you say the alk test is comparable to Salifert?

Randy Holmes-Farley
10/27/2009, 12:34 PM
The Seachem total alkalinity test I examined was perfectly accurate. The Salifert could not be more accurate, but it could be less. :)

10/27/2009, 12:36 PM
Great to know, thanks for the info!

10/27/2009, 12:38 PM
I have one seachem test kit for ph and I don't like it.
I have another seachem for calcium that seems good but never sure if i'm spooning in the correct amount of reagent. It says one spoon. Is that a level spoonful? Heaping spoonful? I usually try to get it level.
I have a Lamotte Alk test which is nice.

Randy Holmes-Farley
10/27/2009, 12:50 PM
I'd not use any kit to measure pH. A meter is far better as you can calibrate and check them yourself, unlike a kit. :)

It is also true that in many kits, exact measurements of certain reagents is not necessary, as they are present in excess. The dye in a calcium kit would be an example. :)

10/28/2009, 06:43 AM
Short of an electronic pH monitor, the only titration type kit I've had reasonable results from is the API pH kit. I seems to be the easiest to read against others.

I do not care for Seachems calcium or magnesium test kits. Inaccurate from my testing.

I buy a lot of Seachems additives and carbons and such. I just do not care for their test kits. :)

10/28/2009, 10:01 AM
Billybeau, what do you use for calcium and mag?

10/28/2009, 02:45 PM
I like Salifert and Elos for magnesium.

Calcium, I like Salifert and API. :)

10/29/2009, 12:16 AM
I've used Seachem for calcium and magnesium. I find the Salifert easier to use and read.