Best Magnesium Test Kit of 2019: Our new go-to reef tank Magnesium test!


(upbeat music) – All right, in the last two weeks, man we nailed down Best of 2019 calcium, and alkalinity, so what’s next? – It’s the last of the
major foundational elements the magnesium component. – All right, so you’re gonna end today knowing which one of these test kits man that we think is best boast our opinions, as well as the whole BRS team and testing, and changing
different things. So, you’re gonna find out for sure which one of these man I think you should use in 2019 and probably 2020, but we have a few things we’re gonna ask the test guys at the end here, like, let’s make some
improvements for the future. So, let’s’ start here
with the Nyos Magnesium All right, starting with what we liked in the Nyos Magnesium test kit man, what was the first thing? – First thing for me was how
distinct the color change was we were sitting in his office, and I was watching him do the drops we were kinda doing the tests together and it was pink once drip sort of blue drip blue. It was like that, so. – I think arguably the
most distinct color change of all of them, and it
might have been related to the smaller sample. So it has less give. But, you know what, it was definitely the most distinct color change for sure. And, you know one of the
other things I liked about it? Is, you know, they care
about the components. You know, so again, you get
three different syringes here one of the syringes that you use has the right amount
of like, kinda tactile feedback, or resistance rather. So I can get a nice steady
stream of drops out of it without, you know, worrying
about squirts and stuff. Even with the super narrow tip on it, actually worked really
good, it was reliable. So all of the components for
actually performing the tests were actually nice, man, what else? – Yeah, with that, it is
a three step, two reagent type of process, with a titration, so that means you have, like an A part, then a B part, and then
you’ve got the C titration which is somewhat common
with some of these tests where it’s like a three-parter type test and then you titrate output – I would say almost all of
them were that, except for one. – Yeah, so, those were some
things that we liked about it. – Easiest. Didn’t like?
The colors on the card do not match the color of the test kit. I’m gonna say it’s pretty
nitpicky here in this case, because the color change was
so distinct and easy to read I don’t really need to
match these colors as much. – Yeah, once you get a couple
of these under your belt and you figure it out, I mean,
you could probably go away with looking at the color
differences on the card, so. – Well, it’s a little nitpicky there. I will say that one of
the things I didn’t like is the one milliliter sample size. And I’m just finding this to be the case, that, if you do the smaller sample size, the more room for error is
with most of this stuff. That’s probably not universally
true against all test kits but it’s been my experience so far, that the smaller the reagent size, the lower likelihood
that we’re gonna be happy with the result. So, and then across the
scale, the more people are gonna do it less accurate. – Yeah, true. I think one of my last gripes
about it, that I would say or dislikes about it, is a lot of these manufacturers for a variety of different tests, like the alkalinity that we saw, the calcium that we saw, some of them make their instruction cards really, you know, they’re
picture instruction cards. So I really don’t need to
read the words step by step of what to do, this one, you kinda want to, you probably for your first few times you use it, if you decide to use the Nyos, read through the actual
step by step instructions, ’cause there are a couple
pieces that are just not in the visual portion. – It’s not telling you,
like, when to mix it, do the drops, swirl, stop, or whatever. So, if you just went through and did it without, or swirling without checking it. You’re actually not supposed to swirl between some of these steps. And it doesn’t say that on here. So you do need to read the
directions, and or memorize them one or the other. Whereas all the other
ones, like you can just well not all of them, but, most of the other ones, you can get just from
the visual reference. I don’t have to get out my
old man glasses and read it. So, yeah, I don’t know,
that was one of the things. I will say that it was the most expensive at 40 cents a test kit, as well. – Yeah, $19.99 you get
about 50 tests from the Nyos which does put it at 40 cents a test. 39 cents, 39.9 cents, but 40 cents a test, out of these four, the most expensive. And this one was not our
best, not our worst performer in consistency, but
right up there with the, all over the place as far
as our results were, so. – There’s 180 point variances
between the five different people that performed the exact same test. And, so, I don’t have a good
reason as to why that is other than five people just
read it totally different. So, that’s not a good sign from me. All right, so, I don’t know
man, what do you give this one? – Thumbs wise on this one, well
I do like the color change. So, if I’m reading the
color change consistently over and over and over again. My consistency is
probably gonna get closer than five of us doing it. So, that’s probably about the
biggest thing I like about it and why I would maybe choose this one. I would choose other
options first, personally. Which means, I’m probably giving this one like a half a thumb. – I’m just not gonna give it any thumbs. I probably wouldn’t use it. It just was too inaccurate for me. I didn’t like the one
milliliter sample size. And, I prefer to have
directions I can read. And the 180 point difference to me, just, I needed better
performance in general. So, I wouldn’t even, no thumbs. But what about the
Aquaforest one, up next? – Let’s find out. – All right, next up is the
Aquaforest Magnesium test kit and I’ll tell you right
now, I’m gonna give it away, I actually like this one a lot. So, we’ll find out a couple
of different reasons, but what was your first one? – I like this one a lot, also. The color change endpoint
was really easy to read. And, as far as consistency
goes, the best that we had in our performance. – It’s probably the easy to read endpoint is part of the consistency. That five different people
can read it pretty darn good, and in a similar window. And that’s important. And one of the cool things,
man, that I didn’t like, and liked at the same time, is the instructions here
had the same problem, where if you don’t read
the actual instructions, you’re gonna miss some steps. Like, it doesn’t tell
you to not swirl or swirl at any step in some of them. Like, the first one, you’re
supposed to add the five drops not swirl or mix it,
then add the other three. One of the cool things here, is most of you probably don’t know this, but, the way that you
test hardness and stuff is you usually test total
hardness, and then either magnesium or calcium
hardness, then kind of, subtract it out. And I’ve always wondered, like, how they do that with
the magnesium test kits, and it could be they’re
precipitating out the calcium or, you know, different steps and stuff. Or it could be they’re just
presuming some level of magnesium, or calcium, in
some of these test kits to be able to come up with that. And it sounds, kind of,
like a cheap way to do it. But, in all honesty, you
probably know pretty close. You know, most people are probably 20 points one way or another, or four 20. And whether or not my
magnesium is 1300 or 1320 it doesn’t really matter,
so you do that subtraction. – Yeah, I think in the instructions here it’s the range for using five drops of A, is somewhere in like the 360 to 470 range, they’re assuming your calcium level is. And for a lot of people, that’s probably pretty dang close. – So let me just clarify, ’cause I probably lost you in there, this instructions, the first
step has use five drops of reagent A, unless, your
magnesium, or your calcium level is way off, so. For instance, if your
calcium level is 530 to 470, use six drops if it’s over 540 use seven drops. So instead of giving you
just kind of an artificial, like, assumption of what
your calcium level might be. They’re addressing for
that fact in this test. So, I’m not surprised that it
kind of came out different. It does have four steps in
it, because of the extra step they’re doing here. I don’t know, I really
like that it gave me a little bit of confidence,
that they’re taking another step and doing it differently
than other people. – Well, to add to the level
of confidence that you get with this one. And, this is kind of what I
liked about the Aquaforest across the board, so far, that we’ve seen, is that they include reference solutions, so you know, and you can train yourself, how to read that endpoint. So, each one of them,
the alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium, have some
sort of reference in there. And you can just practice testing. – Yeah, find out where 1300 is, or wherever the reference solution is, this is what it should
look like at the end. So, yeah, being able to
train where the endpoint is is a total differentiator
between all of them. This is also the cheapest one, right? So it’s hard not to like the cheapest when it comes together with all the other benefits you want. – Yeah, at $17.99 you
get about 55-60 tests. Which works out to be
’bout 30 cents a test. – Yeah, so bravo on that as well. And so, what are some of the
things that you didn’t like? – Dislike on this one, again, you have the added step that most don’t. So, it’s a four-stepper, where you have a reagent A, a reagent B, and then a scoop of C, and then you start the titration step. So it’s a four step process. – I will say the four step
though you’re doing five drops and then you’re adding in
three, so it’s not a whole lot of shaking and stuff, drain
it, adds a few seconds. Like a lot of droppers, I
found that these droppers actually, kind of leak during storage, or when you unscrew ’em,
a few drops fall off. So, after that I actually
found the right type of tension to get a nice even bubble
that comes out of it. But I would say the
first thing you should do is, like shake one off the top of it, and get of rid of the
excess solution on the top. And, that would probably start you right, for the right amount of drops, you know? And they give you clear directions in here to like, not get a drop on
the side wall of the vial, and I like that they’re really
giving you clear direction on how to perform the test kit properly, if you read the text. Not so much with the visual element. – I mean it’s a paper instructions too, so prone to getting waterlogged, prone to getting destroyed over time. I mean, you’re getting 60 tests so. – I’m gonna test this thing by nature, so, how many tests, 60? So I’m gonna touch this
thing with wet hands 60 times, right? I’m gonna set it in a
puddle of water, probably. Some of you might be thinking, “Why do they keep harping
on this paper thing?” And I just gotta tell you, it’s because, these things are used around water, they should be designed as such. And, doesn’t mean it’s bad or anything, it just means it could be better. That’s all I’m saying. – Consistency wise, this
was, like we said, the best so a 90 point, 90 part
per million difference between five of us who tested it, between the low of 1350
and the high of 1440. Which is in a pretty reasonable range. – So, I just wanna get
that out into the universe that, like, we tested
four different test kits, five different people tested ’em, and the best that we saw
was a 90 point range. So, and these are just
hobby grade test kits, we’re just looking for the best that we can possibly get, home environment for a reasonable cost. 30 cents a test, you gotta
have reasonable expectations. And your tank isn’t gonna
perform any different if it’s at 1300 or 1350 I can tell you for sure
that it is not gonna tank, it’s just such a small change. Difference between 350 calcium and 400? Absolutely. Difference between 1300
and 1350 magnesium, no way. So, all right, so thumbs, man go for it. – As far as magnesium
offering goes on these ones and the level of consistency, you know I’d give this one about, I’d go two thumbs, but there’s
a couple gripes in there that puts me at one and a half thumbs. – Wow. I’m gonna go all the way two. I’m gonna go two to the magnitude of the Hanna Alkalinity Checker. Yeah, that thing is shipping home, man. That’s the only one I would ever use. This thing is the same thing, man. So, it surprised me, honestly, but the Aquaforest magnesium test kit is the one I would use. I’m givin’ it away here, but like, it really performed really well. – It’s the same one that I
said I’d use too, for sure. – All right, man, so let’s
move on to the Red Sea see how it goes. All right, so it’s super hard to live up to the Aquaforest here, but, I gotta tell you, that the Red Sea actually
did really well too, on a whole variety of fronts. And there was a lot to like here. – This is one that I’ve, this is my main go-to. It has been my go-to for years now. Mainly because I bought
the whole kit at once, and it’s included. And I’ve gotten so used and
comfortable to using this one, that I’ve gotten used to trusting it, and everything like that. I do like this one, specifically, because I don’t have a scoop and a powder that I have to dump into the thing. This one is a two dropper process, and it looks like it
precipitates out the calcium in this one. – Yeah, it even says in the bottom, you’ll see some precipitant in there. So it’s probably a
precipitant of the calcium. And, so it is three steps. I’ll tell you right off the bat, I always like that the
instructions are water resistant the plastic box,
whatever, it’s gonna last. And I will agree that most
people are buying this thing in that foundation kit. So you get all three of them together. But even by itself it’s pretty affordable. So, instructions tell
you exactly what to do. And I glanced at all the steps, ’cause this one is gonna
be a little different. But it tells you exactly what to do. You do not need to read anything to be able to perform this test kit. The only thing about this
one, in the instructions, is that reagent A, it’s
a little confusing, if you saw this it would
say, one drop times five, times 15 seconds. You really just kinda
gotta look at that image and really understand. That means one drop, spin for 15 seconds, one drop, spin for 15 seconds, five times. And if you’re like me, I
lose count in the middle. – This has happened to
me so much to the point where every time I use this one, now I put a finger on the table, I do a drop, and I swirl it, and then I put two fingers, and I kind of go through
the process like that, so I can keep track, ’cause I’ll be distracted
like immediately. – I was gonna say the same thing, maybe I feel like a dummy
’cause I’m so distracted, but you know what, is,
while I’m doing this thing, my mind is in a million
other places than this, so it doesn’t take much to distract me, and man, was it four or was it five? I don’t know. So yeah, I like your finger idea. Also, I like the fact
that you can just squirt four milliliter, or point four in there, it tells you right in the instructions, don’t bother dripping, the chemistry is gonna be just fine if you just squirt
almost half of it, right? Nothing bad can go from there. – And then also on that one, as far as the consistency
goes on this one, it was, there was, like, what? Three of us out of the five that got the exact same result. And it wasn’t like one
of these fluke results like the calcium, where, somehow everybody ended up at the very end of the syringe. This one was in the middle of the syringe at a stop point, which leads me to believe that the color change
is pretty easy to read. – Well, I think I just missed it. So, Dave clearly missed it. You’ll see he’s off the charts here. I think I just missed it, ’cause it changes from
like a purple to a blue or vice-versa. I think I just probably missed it. And the fact that all
three of you nailed it, man, I feel like I screwed
up the results to be honest, because it could’ve been
even more consistent. But if you rule out Dave’s total blunder, I mean this thing is
only 60 points different from one to the next, and maybe that extra step
of really precipitating everything out, and taking 15 seconds, and then, actually another
60 seconds afterwards, maybe it pays off. – It might. But yeah, the data on
this one, as you can see, is, you know the 280 variance on this one. Like you said, if you take Dave’s out, it becomes the most consistent, so. And he had never really
done this test before, so there’s probably something
to say about that, also. – Yeah it was definitely
harder to read endpoint. And, so, it’s only 35 cents, even if you get just the test kit here. So if you don’t buy
the foundation pro kit, and you just get it by itself, it’s still 35 cents a test, and then you can even get
reagent refills for cheaper. – Yeah, it’s got one of the most tests out of a single test
kit from the group here. So this one can do, they
say it can do 100 tests. So at $34.99, that makes
it 35 cents a piece. But yeah, the magnesium A
and B bottles got bigger, so. – All right, so what didn’t we like? – This, didn’t like is the
time, and so that whole, losing count, so it’s five
drops, 15 seconds between each, and then you really have to
kinda dig into the instructions to understand that, after you
put in the five drops of B you swirl lightly, and you
set and wait for 60 seconds. – I forgot, that was a miss
on these instructions actually that it says five drops and
then it shows a 60 second timer but if you read the actual
written instructions, it says, put the five drops
and swirl, then let it rest until it develops that
color that it’s looking for for 60 seconds, not swirl. And so, that could also
be part of the difference, and I can tell you right now,
that I swirled for 60 seconds ’cause I was following this chart here. So maybe that was one of the reasons why I got different
results than you guys did, but yeah, it’s definitely
a miss, I think on here, that it doesn’t tell you that one step of just swirl for a second, set it down. – So we did agree that to some degree, to this one, that the endpoint
was a little harder to find and may have been like,
two or three drops, and then it might slightly
color change back, and then go back to it, and then again, that was probably why we
ruled Dave’s results out on the consistency factor, but, other than that, there’s little edge to
when it changes color. So, it’s not very definitive
as far as like the Nyos was, where it was drop, done. – Yeah there was a window
there you could determine the difference between
blue and purple for sure. And different people are
gonna determine it differently and again, probably a reason why we’re reading a little different. So, in this case, man,
what do you give it? – You know, I’ve used this one for so long I’m now graduating over
to a different test kit, which we might see at the end here, but, this one I’m gonna
go with a half a thumb. – Oh half thumb? – I’m goin’ half a thumb on this one. – All right, you know what?
I was gonna go all the way to like one and a half, man, for me. I think that the chemistry
on it is probably right I just think you’re gonna
have to train yourself how to read the endpoint and you’re gonna have to
remember to read the instructions not just the card here. But, I think it’s probably
producing the right result, if you can read the endpoint properly. And it’s a big if because you may, it’s hard to know if you’ve
found it if it’s not distinct. But I like the chemistry
that, you’re probably taking those extra steps for good reason, and I don’t know that for sure, but, it certainly seems like
they’re precipitating out, and it even says in the instructions that’s what they’re doing. – You’ll see precipitant, yeah. Yeah, maybe you’ve convinced
me to slide up to a one thumb. I’ll give it a full thumb. – There we go, all right. Salifert one of the big favorites. Actually, Salifert’s won a
couple different times now so that one’s coming up. – We’ll see if it can do the third. – Okay, so again, Salifert
big favorite of test kits in the reefing hobby for sure. And this is the magnesium one. And first thing I like, man, is the visual instructions here. This is the first one, actually, that I think nailed it on all fronts. Visually, I can just
follow along and read. Some of you that doesn’t
matter, some of you it does, for me, you’re often doing
this like in the dark. You know, fish room, or
in a basement or whatnot. And so, having to be
able to not have to read the fine little print and
stuff is actually nice and just visually kind of
walk you through the process. So, that was actually the
best, on some degrees, of the actual elements of
performance, so I like that. – Yeah, I do like that it is
another three step process. So, it’s a three step
process with two reagents, so you have the A, you have
the B, and then you titrate. It’s a powder type of reagent B, too, so that’s where your color
indicating change starts with the little scoop of powder, but, you know, for all in all, the syringe, I mean the tensile
strength of the syringe, where you can depress it and
not squirt a whole bunch in or not get half drops
through all this other stuff is pretty nice, too, so. And the endpoint on the syringe is just always easy for me to read
with these Salifert ones, too – Yep, and this one
actually has a cool thing, it just tells you to
squirt in 80 percent of it right off the bat, right? And that makes it way faster, so you know the chemistry is right, even if I just put in 80
percent of it right away, and then I start dripping
for the endpoint. And that just saves a ton of, ton of time, so, I gotta like that. All right, so what didn’t you like? – Dislike on this one was probably that, you know, this is one where
Salifert had won in my opinion for all of the other categories, as far as instructions go. To where, on the
alkalinity, on the calcium, there was no denying that the color that they had on the
page, on the instructions, was the color you should
expect at the endpoint of here. Except for with the
magnesium, it does, it’s off. It’s not what you’ll
see on the instructions. And it even says, it could
be gray, it could be blue, whatever comes first. – Yeah, so it definitely
isn’t this light blue. And it could be gray, it could be blue, and it’s super hard to read
where that endpoint is. And you’ll see that in
our consistency chart, where Randy and I were
pretty close together, and the other three guys
were pretty close together. And, you know, total of 105 apart, but, I have a feeling
that we were just reading different endpoints again, here. Like, what you and I
thought was the endpoint, was different than those guys. The endpoint is not super clear. Even the instructions, like,
wait for gray, or blue, whichever one is first. It is not super clear. I think that’s gonna show in the results. – And cost was a little bit
prohibitive on this one too, as far as not being my favorite, in that it’s only one cent cheaper than the most expensive option here, at 39 cents a test. That makes, you know, Salifert had won in the economic factor as far as the last two – I thought they would make the trifecta. – Yeah, almost, but now in this one it just ends up being that
this one 39 cents a test. You do get 50 tests out of
the kit at $19.61 roughly. So, yeah, thumbs wise? – Thumbs wise, go for it. – For me, thumbs on this
one, I’m a half a thumb. I’m a half a thumb on this one. – Yeah, I’m gonna be honest. I’m gonna give it no thumbs again. I just can’t, I found the endpoint not satisfying enough to read. And then when I saw where
everybody else was hitting it, like gray to blue, just isn’t good enough. It would be if I didn’t
have other options for me. Like if I owned that kit,
I’d just keep using it. But if I were in the market,
and I wanted to buy one that was gonna give me the best results, I wouldn’t pay extra for one that – Performs less. – Like, is not gonna be easier
to read, there’s no way. So, for me, I’m gonna
have to give it none. Okay, so one of these guys is
gonna becomes Best of 2019, which one is it? All right, so I don’t think
anybody is gonna be surprised that the best of show here
was the Aquaforest test kit. Obviously our love for this test kit kinda came through in this one. It’s real obvious to me. – Yeah, I called this one in
the full, BRSTV investigates of the alkalinity, calcium and magnesium. That I’m actually gonna switch
to this for my magnesium now. And after what we’ve discovered today, as far as the variations
on your calcium level, it just bumps it up
there even higher for me. – I know, I went better than when you talked about it last time. ‘Cause, all in all, I missed this, hidden in the instructions, so that was really cool thing to find, and actually explore in different ways. So, also, most economical is also Best of 2019. Which one is it? – Aquaforest. – Boom, and this is the
first of any of the test kits who won both prizes for 2019, well you should send these
guys some flowers or something. – 30 cents a test kit, or 30 cents a test. That makes it super economical, so. Both fronts, absolutely. – Yeah maybe like a trophy, or something. So, economical and best, it’s
not often that you can get kind of more better less
value trifecta in anything. Apparently this one is one of ’em. So what are some of the things
you’d like to see for 2020? Man, we’re gonna come back and do this maybe again next year. So, what would you like to see different for any of these guys? – You know, for me,
personally, the Aquaforest the directions on this
one is about where it lost some points for me. I just wanna see some, you
know, a picture indication of what needs to happen,
here, that’s more clear. So I wanna know when
to swirl, add that in, I wanna know that, hey,
on dropper bottle A, don’t shake it up before dropping it, and make sure you don’t
touch the edges and the rims and everything, and put it
right in the solution, so. – I’d like it if that
was better done, as well. I’d also like it if they, you know, put this other little bit about where your calcium
level is, forward. And made it so that was a
little clearer for most people. And, I’m just gonna keep harpin’ on this. I’d love it if the instructions were, I’m gonna touch this with wet hands, I wish that they were water
resistant to some degree. Even if it wasn’t the
box, it doesn’t take much to laminate the card. And, I’m gonna go throw down this, because it was, like, what
I would call a runner-up or like a honorable mention, with the Red Sea test kit. You know, one of our big
gripes with this guy, is always that you’re reading
the syringe backwards, so I won’t harp on it again. But, let’s read how much you used, or how much is left,
not how much you used, so I don’t have to do the math, 2020. – Red Sea gets my honorable mention, mostly because I’ve had
such familiarity with it. And it’s dropper, bottle,
dropper, bottle, reagent. It’s super easy, so. – So all of our actual
best 2019 test kit videos can actually be found in the testing, and even every single testing
video we’ve ever done, can be found in the navigation of the Bulk Reef Supply website,
you can go check that out, or you can click this
link that’s right here, and we’ll see you next week. With another Best of 2019. – See you guys.

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  • Love the Aquaforest test kit.

  • I have a question , can resolution of any test be doubled with doubling all reagens and testing water amount?

  • I use RedSea and what I do to keep track of what drop I’m on is after every drop I place the solution on the card number I just dropped for. (So first drop, I place on card instruction slot one. Second drop, slot 2.. etc.. until I have done all the drops.) def hard to use if you can’t keep track of where you were.

  • Interesting on the salifert. Ive had 3 people test mag on my tank with 2 kits and we all got the same reading…. maybe some of you guys are just not doing it correctly ??.. a 100 point difference would mean like 4 or 5 drop difference.. thats pretty big

  • Glad I'm not the only one loosing track of the drops on the red sea kit 😀
    Honestly i never read the instruction… i swirl for 60 seconds every time! The image is really confusing… if you are supposed to let is sit for 60 seconds – then why show a swirly bottle?

  • I used to loose my place on the Red Sea also. I've started to take the cap and putting on #1 in the instructions and then move it with each one and at the end #5 put it back on the bottle. Works well for me.

  • Thanks for this! I've been swirling the Red Sea test for 60 seconds the whole time!

  • nitrate next please.

  • Use salifert but will now try the af after this thx

  • Thank you you guys listened!! Timestamps are saviors BRS good content 🙂

  • Well well, 3/3 for me with the same preference with you guys :), Again agree with all your thought.

  • When BRS speaks, Manufacturers listen. That’s what I like

  • Red sea Hook me up with some test kits😁!

  • Hey BRS. Great review! Thanks. One point, the reference card on the Aquaforest IS waterproof.

  • Anyone else been doing the Red Sea test all wrong 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • I find the best way to keep track of drops with the Red Sea kit is by setting a timer for 1:40. It takes 5 seconds to put a drop in, 15 seconds to swirl. Tropic Marin makes an interesting calcium/magnesium kit. You test calcium first, precipitating it out then test magnesium with the same sample. I find it accurate and precise but you need bright light and good eyes for it. Salifert is by far my favorite for calcium and magnesium.

  • I buy the foundation kit myself. I have always swirled for 60 sec after adding the last 5 drops. Gonna have to see the difference. Thanks for pointing that out lol

  • 1st thank you very much for the videos ! but ,,,,,,,you guys never talk about Elos , why ? no titration , no color compairing, color change is very positive, everytime, anyone would have the same result, very one you did in this video is much more complex, most of there kits are simple,i have many test kits , cross reference all the time, Elos is also as acturate as they come, love to hear your reaction, thanks, mike

  • Great Series ! Hopefully it will challenge the testing company's to up their game . Thanks !

  • The aqua forest test chart/direction sheet is actually waterproof.

  • Could you do a video on how you clean and store your test kit vials, syringes etc? Is there a cleaning difference between plastic and glass?
    Many thanks!

  • I love these test kit videos, but, one factor I think that’s huge is missing… actual accuracy. You could use a reference solution, like what comes with AquaForest, that has a know element level. I understand you don’t want to skew your results by knowing the level ahead of time and almost testing toward that. However you could have a third party bring in the reference solution and then not disclose that number until after the testing. Personally I’d find great value in knowing this. 👍

  • So the question I have with all these titation testkits is: When do you stop with the titration? Do you need to stop when the colour is changing for the first time, but can still change more if you dose more? or do you keep going untill you see no visable change ?

    Because I think this can cause the different results you guys had with the testkits

  • Hey Ryan. I'm glad to know I,'m not the only one who dips both my hands in the tank and splashes water all over the room when testing. 😉

  • Hi all. Quick question..
    Test kit. vs. Test strips.
    What your guys take on it?
    Is one better/ reliable than the other?
    and is there someone using tests strips. What are your results.
    Oooh yes focusing on saltwater aquariums don't know if it makes a difference

  • Poor man's lamination, aka putting clear packing tape over the papers is your friend.

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