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Re:Nitrate Test Kits
> I think that the SeaChem sounds like a pretty good deal, considering
> it tests both nitrate and nitrite. Red Sea does the most tests for
> the buck. I left out LaMotte because it alone would bust my budget!
> ;) Does anyone know which brand is the best?
I think in the long run the LaMotte kit would be a better deal. I
tried the SeaChem kit but couldn't get good agreement with standards
I was making. I recalculated and remade these standards several times
and still did not get good agreement. I bought the LaMotte kit and
got goood agreement with my standards. I also found that my aquarium
was about 50ppm nitrate not 5 as I had been reading with the
SeaChem kit. No wonder I was having an algae at the time.
I think the problem I had with the SeaChem kit was my ability to
compare a color intensity using a cardboard chart. The LaMotte kit
has a comparator that uses vials of colored solutions that makes
judging the color intensity of the test vial very easy. Note the
refills for this kit are about $15-$16.
Jim Spencer Sayre, PA
jrs at cyber-quest_com