View Full Version : Salifert alk test kit problems

08/17/2017, 01:50 PM
So I just got a new alk test kit from salifert , and it's reading way lower than my old on , any ideas what could be going on ?

08/17/2017, 01:57 PM
I have read that as the ALK kit older, some of the reagent evaporates resulting in a higher number then what is actual. I have found this to be somewhat true. I have had kits that measure higher then a new kit, and some that are spot on with the new kit.

Retest with the new kit and make sure it's not just a testing error.

08/17/2017, 02:17 PM
The alk test can expire, and expiration might be hastened by storage conditions. I'd trust the newer kit.

08/17/2017, 02:35 PM
Find the kit you like and just stick with it. I have 3 for alk, Elos, Salifert and Hanna. I pretty much stick with the Salifert. Tested with all 3 today and the results were (in order above) 8.5, 7.84 and 7.68. For the most part where you keep your Alk is much less important than stability. I shoot for 8.0. Anything from about 7.5-10 is ok.

08/17/2017, 04:15 PM
What were the readings of the old and new kits? Did you perform the measurements on the same water sample?

08/18/2017, 02:58 PM
As stated, the reagents will lose water over time, but that should make the test read lower. I agree that we need to know the difference to say much.

Ron Reefman
08/19/2017, 02:47 AM
Get a friend or an LFS to test it as well and see which one their test agrees with.