Reading API tests

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Peredhil, Nov 23, 2008.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. That Guy

    That Guy Aiptasia Anemone

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Messages:
    595
    elos makes a good mag kit.
     
  2. Click Here!

  3. tigermike74

    tigermike74 Panda Puffer

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Messages:
    2,114
    Location:
    Southern CA
    I hold my API vials a couple inches in front of the color chart. It looks much different when resting it against the card. Also being under yellow lights will affect the perceived color. To get a true accurate reading on each of the params, one would have to spend a ton of money on those probes and readers/controllers. These are good for approximate estimations and serve as an alarm when the levels are bad.
    As far as Mg kits, I use Seachem. Reef Aquarium Test Kits: Seachem Reef Status Magnesium & Carbonate/Borate Alkalinity Test Kit