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Aquattro
02-14-2015, 04:24 AM
Last poll was a few years ago, what's the favorites now?

Aquattro
02-14-2015, 04:27 AM
I picked Elos, as I have more of those than Salifert, but use both.

Slyguy00
02-14-2015, 04:36 AM
I'm all about the salifert.

Aquattro
02-14-2015, 04:39 AM
I'm all about the salifert.

With Elos getting hard to find, I may have to move over :)

RMC
02-14-2015, 04:41 AM
Salifert and Hanna

Proteus
02-14-2015, 04:56 AM
Hanna for alk and po4
Salifert for cal
Red sea for mg

Wheelman76
02-14-2015, 05:58 AM
Hanna for alk and po4 , salifert for everything else.

Craigdillman
02-14-2015, 06:12 AM
Wait I lied I have the Red Sea ones with the dropper they are pretty solid and easy to use

WarDog
02-14-2015, 06:56 AM
In my early freshwater days I used API, they were good enough. Got to the point where I didn't need them, could just look at the tank and know.
Hoping to get to that level with saltwater, but I doubt it.
Now I'm using API only for Ammonia, and Salifert for everything else. My LFS stopped stocking Elos.
Saving up for a few Hanna's.

Dearth
02-14-2015, 07:07 AM
In my early freshwater days I used API, they were good enough. Got to the point where I didn't need them, could just look at the tank and know.
Hoping to get to that level with saltwater, but I doubt it.
Now I'm using API only for Ammonia, and Salifert for everything else. My LFS stopped stocking Elos.
Saving up for a few Hanna's.

Unfortunately I have to get almost all on that list shipped up here as all the stores here carry API and that is what I use as its readily available

The Guy
02-14-2015, 08:01 AM
Saifert for all except PO4 Hanna for that.

mohammadali
02-14-2015, 10:26 AM
I have Elos for CA i have hard time to use it and i lost the spoon for the part B
and API for the rest of the things

daplatapus
02-14-2015, 03:21 PM
Phosphate - Hanna
Calcium - Elos
Alk and Mg - Salifert

Those are the only things I check with any decent regularity.
I found the Salifert Ca test hard to read. I found the Elos Mg test tedious.

hillegom
02-14-2015, 07:49 PM
I voted salifert because I use that for Ca and Mg. Elos for Alk
Have not used my hanna for PO4 yet.

Aquattro
02-14-2015, 07:51 PM
Thinkin' the Elos sales team needs to look at this poll :)

crimper
02-14-2015, 08:04 PM
You missed the most popular test kit ever.... 'LFS' :mrgreen:

Seriously, Salifert and Hanna are my fav.

lastlight
02-14-2015, 11:54 PM
Elos here but last time I tried to get new ones I was told there is no NA dealer anymore. I still need kits!

Myka
02-15-2015, 06:02 PM
You missed Hanna on the poll. I know it's covered under "Other", but it's a forerunner too.

I picked Elos, as I have more of those than Salifert, but use both.

Me too. I also use Hanna for phosphorus and alkalinity. I prefer elos over Salifert, but Salifert is more available, so I'm forced into Salifert often.

Aquattro
02-15-2015, 06:09 PM
I left Hanna off on purpose, I considered it a meter rather than a brand of test kit. The poll asks for most popular (of your individual collection) of kit. I doubt more than one or two people have a full compliment of Hanna meters.

For me, I have mostly Elos, maybe a Salifert, so I picked Elos at the major brand in my setup

Aquattro
02-15-2015, 06:10 PM
I also have an API for NH3, I find it quick and easy, and only need a yes/no value from it.

Aquattro
02-15-2015, 06:10 PM
I also have an API for NH3, I find it quick and easy, and only need a yes/no value from it.

And it's well expired :)

Myka
02-15-2015, 06:32 PM
Elos here but last time I tried to get new ones I was told there is no NA dealer anymore. I still need kits!

I've heard the margins on Elos are crap, so dealers prefer to sell Salifert, and for the most part, aside from us elitists (lol), Salifert is good enough.

SiliconGuy
02-19-2015, 07:28 PM
Found a 2012 test kit review that compares API, Red Sea, Salifert, Instant
Ocean, Seachem, Sera, etc. for overall accuracy, repeatability and even
"usability" (see comments). Very interesting information, in my view:

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2012/6/chemistry

byee
04-16-2015, 06:16 AM
All my test kits are Salifert

Aquattro
04-16-2015, 06:30 AM
I miss the beginning days of the hobby for me, I was in school and used the chem lab photospectrometer for my tests. Pretty accurate -lol

Bblinks
04-16-2015, 08:09 AM
Redsea, Hanna, salifert.

dcw1sfu
04-16-2015, 08:49 AM
Saliferet and Hanna. I like the hanna Alk test and there is no point in measuring phos unless its with a hanna (using the hanna ULR Phosphorus). All my other tests are Saliferet.

gregzz4
04-16-2015, 08:56 AM
How come I can't vote for more than 1 brand ? :biggrin:

babnika
04-16-2015, 03:35 PM
Red sea Ca | KH | Mg | I2 | K | Fe .Hanna ultra low phosphorus checker

xenon
04-16-2015, 03:43 PM
Salifert for everything accept phosphate. I use Hanna for that.

I just wish they continued to make the Potassium test kit. :cry: