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Old 05/13/2018, 07:00 AM   #1
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Best nitrate test kit?

WHAT NITRATE TEST kit you cats using these days?

I kit I use I have a hard time determining what the colour match is.

Is there something more foolproof ...I may be going colour blind ha! Who knows.


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Old 05/13/2018, 07:51 AM   #2
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Take a look @ Red Sea


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Old 05/13/2018, 08:23 AM   #3
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I am going to do that and that was the one I was going to try next but before I spent the money just wanted to hear what a few more reefers had to say...I think the Red Sea is the best for my eyesight hahahaha??? Thx, Tim


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Old 05/13/2018, 09:35 AM   #4
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Tired many, red sea pro is the winner for me too. High range (>4ppm) and low range (<4ppm) testing is great and colors (i hate reading colors) are easy enough to judge. The main downer about this test is the duration of 9 minutes. Start this one first and then do a few faster ones while you wait.


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Old 05/13/2018, 10:02 AM   #5
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RED SEA IT IS FOR ME! lolol Thanks People...much appreciated.

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Old 05/13/2018, 10:12 AM   #6
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They all work IME, although I'm not really looking for a precise reading, more of a ballpark figure. This is really all you need.


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Old 05/13/2018, 10:32 AM   #7
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They all work IME, although I'm not really looking for a precise reading, more of a ballpark figure. This is really all you need.
Completely agree, I just do the high range test and so long as it says less then 4ppm I don't worry about it.


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Old 05/13/2018, 08:31 PM   #8
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Nyos for me...colors are easy to distinguish


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Old 05/13/2018, 08:35 PM   #9
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Old 05/13/2018, 09:09 PM   #10
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thanks

thanks again everyone

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Ive recently been using the NYOS kit. While it's not super accurate, most of us are just looking for something in the trace to <4 range which it's perfect for. Super simple test, and very easy color comparisons, and ready to read in 5 minutes.

If you want low range down to .25 then the red sea pro is what I would go for. Only downside I've ever encountered with the Red Sea kit is the amount of time it takes to run the test, and the pinks are so close in color I find it hard to match up.


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Old 05/14/2018, 06:58 AM   #12
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Tried so many, none are really more accurate than others as far as nitrates go. So tough to distinguish colors.... Red Sea is what I am currently using until the reagent runs out. Then ???


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Old 05/14/2018, 07:53 PM   #13
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Salifert for determining if I have nitrate, Lamotte for low range for 18 years.


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Old 05/15/2018, 12:01 PM   #14
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They all work IME, although I'm not really looking for a precise reading, more of a ballpark figure. This is really all you need.
^^^above^^^^
Solid and balanced advice!
Even if you have perfect eyesight, and can match the color 100%, is that result a true number?
I hope with hobby grade kits, it's maybe close (I hope and trust)


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Salifert for determining if I have nitrate, Lamotte for low range for 18 years.
Which Lamotte? The test strips(+/- $16) or the titration kits (+/- $67)?


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Old 05/17/2018, 05:48 PM   #16
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Which Lamotte? The test strips(+/- $16) or the titration kits (+/- $67)?
The refill kits are about $26 for 50 tests direct from Lamotte. Maine Depot has them for $35, so maybe their cost went up.


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