Test kits Inconsistent

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by somethingfishy, Oct 31, 2004.

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  1. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    Well, I am not sure that indicates the test is bad....with the seachem , each drop is .5 meq/L so there is not much room for error.....did you run more than one control? Were you exactly to the base of the bulb with the water/control solution? 4 or 4.5 that is only one drop difference....I too have the Salifert....after the pH problem I had I started to switch. Salifert gives you smaller increment readings....I do like the Seachem Calcium because it is very similar to most of the Salifert kits I have as far as being able to get a smaller increment reading. ;D
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Sue I like the Seachem calcium kit too.

    Well fishy you have me testing...

    I just did a control test with my alk and got 4.0 on the mark.
    Did you use the same pipette that you did your other test with? I used a clean one per reference test instructions.
     
  4. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Karma to birdlady and fishy for this thread and bringing up the reference test. I was having trouble with the colors of the iodine test.. now I know to do the reference.. i'll do that one and my tank sample right next to it. That should make it real easy to determine where I am at. :)
     
  5. hottielover14

    hottielover14 Torch Coral

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    i use only salifert tests now after i got burned with my fastest and seatest test kits. Salifert is way more accurate and better. its also more expensive.
     
  6. somethingfishy

    somethingfishy Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Birdlady You make a good point on the water being at the base of the bulb. I assume that no water should be in the bulb. Does anyone know what the measurment is for that pipelet? I hate those damn things and I would perfer to use a syringe. What can I say I'm a Junkie. :)

    Off to do some testing again. I forgot about it last night.
     
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    somethingfishy Purple Spiny Lobster

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    THE RESULTS ARE IN!!  Seachem won the Election  ;D

    Sorry about the poor sense of humor.

    Test 1 3.0 meq/L (8.4 dkh) Seachem test kit

    Test 2 10 dkh (3.5 meq/L Aquarium Pharmacuticals

    Test 3 3.0 meq/L (8.4 dkh) Seachem test kit #2

    Control test 4.0 meq/L this is where it is supposed to be.

    Well, I'm not sure what happened but the results seem very consistant this time. I guess you should test with a clear head and not a tired brain.

    Note these tests are in same order of origanl posting.
     
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  9. Matt Rogers

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    Glad to hear it. You gave me some good ideas on this thread. Thanks.


    [quote author=somethingfishy link=board=Water;num=1099264463;start=0#14 date=11/02/04 at 16:40:10]Does anyone know what the measurment is for that pipelet?[/quote]

    I believe it's 1 ml. EDIT - NOPE. I AM WRONG. THE ONE IN THE CALCIUM KIT IS 1 mL. Not sure about the small ones. :-/