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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:53 pm Post subject: Which test kits do you use? Expert reviews welcome!! Reply with quote

 Hi  all  saltwater  creatures,
 Starting  this  post  just  for  begginers  like  me  to  get  an  idea  which  test  kits  are  "good",  which  ones  are  not  recomended,  etc.
 
 Till  now,  i  have  met  people  who  have  used  mostly  the  following  brands  for  their  reef/fowlr  tank:
 Tetra,  Aquarium  pharmaceuticals,  Red  sea,  Azoo.
 
 Anyone  uses  anything  else,  or  wishes  to  comment  on  any  of  these  test  kits?
 
 REVIEWS  would  be  extremely  useful!    Bow  
 
 Thanks  and  regards,
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 Nesslers  re-agent  rather  than  all  these  Edit  which  costs  u  a  bomb.
 
 for  PH
 p-Nitrophenol  ,  Phenol  red,  or  Azolitmin  or  litmus  papers  are  cheap  ones  in  chemical  labs  that  can  be  used  for  PH  indications.  Do  not  foget  to  buy  the  PH  charts  and  a  test  tube  to  check  these.
 Also  buy  these  in  small  quantities,  As  the  chemicals  most  of  them  tend  to  loose  its  power  over  a  period  of  time.
 
 
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 Yes,  but  what  for  other  tests?  No2,  nh3,  kh  etc?
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 Nesslers  re-agent  can  be  used  to  detect  traces  of  ammonia.
 
 Griess  Reagent,  Diaminonaphthalene  and  rhodamine.  Can  be  used  to  detect  Nitrate  and  nitrite.
 
 I  would  go  with  Diaminonaphthalene  as  its  cheaper  and  are  easily  available.  Note  that  all  these  are  poisoneous  so  using  a  glove  would  help.  Also  wash  your  hands  thoroughly  with  soap  and  dry  your  hands  after  using  them,  And  BUY  I  REPEAT  BUY  ONLY  IN  SMALL  QUANTITIES,  as  the  re-agents  tend  to  loose  its  power  over  the  time.
 
 Each  one  of  these  re-agents  have  a  specific  coulour  chart.  Do  not  forget  to  get  them  either.
 
 
 Happy  testing
   Very Happy  -Raghu
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 Where  do  you  get  all  this  stuff?
 In  mumbai?
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rgg  wrote:                
Nesslers  re-agent  can  be  used  to  detect  traces  of  ammonia.
 Griess  Reagent,  Diaminonaphthalene  and  rhodamine.  Can  be  used  to  detect  Nitrate  and  nitrite.                

 Griess  reagent  is  costly,  I  was  able  to  get  one  quote  from  cochin.
 
                                                 
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 I  would  go  with  Diaminonaphthalene  as  its  cheaper  and  are  easily  available.                

 Can  you  kindly  elaborate  on  its  use  any  link  would  be  helpful,  where  can  get  small  quantities.
 I  am  struck  with  lifetime  supply  of  chemicals    for  my  PMDD  mixture  Smile
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 Was  lucky  one  time  to  get  it  from  my  cusions  college,  As  he  knew  the  lab  assistant  there.  Cheering  
 
 But  got  the  info  that  these  are  available  near  Victoria  hospital  in  bangalore  .  Will  give  you  the  correct  shop  names  by  tommorow.
 
 Searched  it  in  google  and  found  www.invitrogen.com  to  be  helpful.
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:33 pm Post subject: Re: Which test kits do you use? Expert reviews welcome!! Reply with quote

                                                   
cokeamod  wrote:                

 
 Till  now,  i  have  met  people  who  have  used  mostly  the  following  brands  for  their  reef/fowlr  tank:
 Tetra,  Aquarium  pharmaceuticals,  Red  sea,  Azoo.
                 

 
 Nutrafin  (  Hagen  ),  Prodac  and  Waterlife  Kits  too  are  sometimes  available.  Only  the  accuracy  of  the  results  and  the  number  of  tests  that  can  be  made,  can  prove  the  money's  worth.
 
 I  always  failed  to  understand  one  thing  -  some  kits  offer  2  differents  re-agents  for  a  given  test  and  procedures  read  equal  dosage  of  both  the  re-agents.  Then  most  of  the  times,  why  is  the  provided  quantity  of  one  of  the  re-agents  always  smaller?  Sad
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 Shankar,
   Did  not  get  what  you  are  refering  to.  Can  you  re-phrase  your  sentance
 
 -Raghu
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Shankar,
   Did  not  get  what  you  are  refering  to.  Can  you  re-phrase  your  sentance                

 
 For  instance  -  NO2  test,  one  of  the  tests  from  Hagen's  master  kit.  1.  Add  sample  SW  to  the  line  of  the  test  tube.  2.  Add  5  drops  of  Re-Agent  1  (  Bottle  1)  and  5  drops  of  bottle  2  to  the  test  tube.  Now  when  you  know  that  equal  quantity  of  drops  are  to  be  used  from  both  the  bottles,  the  2nd  bottle  has  been  always  smaller  in  quantity  and  gets  exhausted  well  before  the  bottle  1  still  has  about  20%  left  over.  Isn't  that  a  waste  of  bottle  1?  Got  my  point??
 
 Need  to  leave  for  lunch.  Tata.
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 Hmmmmmm,
   Let  me  think  Cheer Up  
 Hey  Should  be  good  marketing  stratergy  to  pull  out  a  few  bucks  more  from  you    .....  (Just  pulling  your  leg.)
 
 I  feel  that  your  usage  might  be  wrong.  Though  have  not  used  the  kit  personally.  This  is  what  i  felt.
 
 Due  to  the  viscocity  of  different  solutions,  5  drops  of  1st  bottel  might  mean  more  of  the  solution,  against  5  drops  of  the  2nd  bottle.
 
 Another    reason  might  be  that  the  contents  of  the  1st    bottle  might  get  evaporated  and  hence  has  provided  you  more  of  it.
 
 Or  it  could  be  for  some  other  reason.
 
 If  iknow  the  contents  of  the  bottle,  Then  may  be  i  can  guess  it  more  accurately.
 
 
 -Raghu
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