Highly accurate and easy By Lance on 8/10/2012
Lance would recommend this product to a friend
Before I go into this review I would like to mention that I've never used a salifert or a hannah tester so I can't make any comparisons between them.
Well I just picked this test kit up, and I can say its pretty accurate. There's only a few problems with it, for example, the test kit/s requires you to subtract the amount of reagent left over in the syringe from the original amount in the syringe(1.0 ml.) The other and only real problem, because the other one is a nuisance, is with the alk kit. The endpoint is not supposed to be orange like what the card says it will be; the endpoint is actually purple with a tint of orange not purely orange.
The good parts are that this is fast 2-3 minutes for the longest which is mg. This kit is as accurate as I can believe, which I can't prove without a doubt mainly because I have only used API test kits. This kit is also more reliable than the ones I have used before.
Also this is neither a pro or con, but I think they use some strong acids or bases in their test kits because it made my hands feel soapy when some of the Ca fluid landed landed on my hand, so keep some baking soda nearby to neutralize the chemicals if you get any on your hands.
I love this test kit By jonathan on 8/9/2012
jonathan would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use compared to some of the crazy kits out there. The best part about this kit is that it allows you to share the water while you are mixing the reagent because it have a piece that attaches to the top of the bottle and it squirt the reagent.
High Quality Kit By Jack on 7/27/2012
Jack would recommend this product to a friend
Red Sea does it right and the quality is quite easily seen. Don't settle for less. Red Sea is pure quality and BRS offers wonderful customer service.
Great kit but very tedious By Benjamin on 7/12/2012
Benjamin would recommend this product to a friend
This kit is great, but be prepared to take your time when you are doing these tests. The method used (titration) should be very accurate if you perform the tests as stated in the manual.
Excellent Test Kit By Joey on 7/9/2012
Joey would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use test kit. Everything seems much higher quality than my previous API and Salifert kits. The multi test package really makes for a good value.
Great kit, good price By Jason on 6/27/2012
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Given the importance of these parameters you'll want a reliable test kit that ensures accurate results. That's what I wanted and exactly what this kit offers. The test for each mineral is straight forward and can be done quickly. The equipment included provides for pretty specific readings...not some overly vague result "range". The ability to order reagents separately after they've been depleted is a nice option and welcome money saver.
Very well put together By Matt on 6/23/2012
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
Just did my first test last night and was very impressed. I have been using salifert which is very good but not nearly as good as red sea. I love the fact you can buy the refill kits for these. It comes in a nice case with everything in its seperate place. Very well constructed product.
easy By Nicholas on 6/17/2012
Nicholas would recommend this product to a friend
good, easy to use test kits...that are easy to replace when they start to run out. If you want to keep sps or lps, these tests are a necessity and Red Sea has you covered
Great test kit By Moises on 6/17/2012
Moises would recommend this product to a friend
This Test kit works great and comes with easy to follow instuctions along with a lot of helpful tips and hints inside the user manual. Very helpful for anyone new to chemistry. I love the titrator that comes with the kit makes testing easy. Testing card instructions and case are all water proof and provides an easy to read color chart for test results.
Great Price By Shoei on 6/16/2012
Shoei would recommend this product to a friend
Great price LFS i have found sells theses for around 80-90 dollars for the exact same thing you get here. So if you need a tester don't overspend in your local store get it here so you can spend more on your tank instead of the other stores.
great test kit By jeff on 6/14/2012
jeff would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use with accurate test results
Bad By Boyd on 5/12/2012
Boyd wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This test kit recieves a low rating for several reasons. The bottles leaked and soaked the cards with red test fluid. There are no instructions other than the basic cards. The tests themselves slowly fade into the end result color and the Ca test will turn blue and after 10 or more seconds revert to red. The tests require you to subtract the amount used in the syringe via the titrator against the total volume of the syringe to compare to the chart leaving room for simple errors. The lack of distinct color changing readings make this a frustrating test kit to use.
Simple By Parjaree on 5/7/2012
Parjaree would recommend this product to a friend
Simple to use and accurate readings. I use this to test my water once a week. Easy to use.
Very nice test kit By Joe on 4/11/2012
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
Since im new to reefing I dont have too many to compare it to but once i fully read the instructions it worked great.
What a deal By Eric on 4/7/2012
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
This test kit is so fancy. I switched from Salifert tests which are also very good, but not as good of a value compared to this set. Wasn't easier or harder than Salifert in my opinion, but it comes with a very nice water proof case and better quality testing hardware.
Easy By jmw on 4/1/2012
jmw would recommend this product to a friend
This test kit is very easy to use and I like the fact that the cards are waterproof!
Best Kit out there By Andrew on 3/29/2012
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
This is a must have for SPS tanks. Its also a great because of the refills. Product works great and it will become simple after a few tries. Don't waste your money with anything else.
awesome By jj on 3/28/2012
jj would recommend this product to a friend
wow, what a great product. I have three reef tanks and now testing doesnt take 2 hours of my sunday. Accurate and fast. I love that the refills to the test kits are cheap. This test kit is the best I have ever seen, let alone used. great product
Great Product By Jarred on 3/26/2012
Jarred would recommend this product to a friend
I used to use API test kits, but as soon as I got this test kit I quickly quit using the API. It is a great test kit for anyone, the instruction booklet is very informative. The mag test kit took some time to get used to. Over all I'd recommend this kit to anyone!!!
Great By Robert on 3/15/2012
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Easy and accurate. No more guessing. Accurate to 5 ppm
Great Quality By Steven on 3/2/2012
Steven would recommend this product to a friend
A test kit that combines quality, value, and ease of use.
good but ....... By azcatsfan on 2/23/2012
azcatsfan would recommend this product to a friend
nice test kit. but the numbers are wearing off the syringe way to fast. and Red Sea will not reply to me on the matter. I only rinsed with RO water but the numbers went away pretty fast.
Great By Ray on 2/14/2012
Ray would recommend this product to a friend
this product is easy to use. Results seem to be pretty consistant with my Salifert test kit also. For the price you can not beat it.
Easy to use By Ethan on 2/9/2012
Ethan would recommend this product to a friend
I decided to try this test kit after seeing reviews on how easy it is to use, and how much better it is that 'color comparison' tests. Titration is the way to go and after comparing the values to a water sample sent to a local lab, KH and Mg were within 3% of the Red Sea kit and Ca was within 5%. Good hobby grade tests to show changes in values over time, and relatively close to lab values
Good easy to use kit By Michael on 1/26/2012
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I started using this kit 4 weeks ago and have been very happy. The results are close to what i was getting with Salifert Test Kits and the cost is hard to beat.
It works By Michael on 1/24/2012
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Works as indicated.
I was a bit disapointed when I got the package though. One of the reagent bottles must have come loose (not sure which, all seemed full and still had lids on) as the inside of the container was quite wet, to the point of the cards being floppy and having some ink run. Did not really effect preformance, I took everything out and dried it, and it all seemd to be ok.
When you order it, be sure to pay attention to how everything is packed into the black case, they fit it in there well. In the future I would like to see clamps on the side for the reagent bottles, just like the clamps on the lid for the test vials.
best test kit I've used By Matthew on 1/23/2012
Matthew would recommend this product to a friend
This test kit is super easy, fast, and works great. It's consistent and I wish all tests were this simple!
Okedokee!!! By Drew on 1/17/2012
Drew would recommend this product to a friend
FINALLY a readable test kit!
Now I can finally feel like I am getting an accurate test!!!
great product By Derek on 1/8/2012
Derek would recommend this product to a friend
I'll say my complaints first: the price is high compared to many other test kits and I often have trouble distinguishing between colors when they change even though I am not color blind lol. However, the quality of this product is great and I like the titrator system which makes testing simple. Compared to other test kits I have used I think this one is much more accurate and comes with better testing tools. The kit also comes in a small plastic box for storage which is corrosion resistant. It is nice that you can order the titrant separate from everything else when it is used up. Grade A product overall. Every reefer needs one!
Good Multi test kit By Brian on 12/20/2011
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Red Sea seems to have done their homework. The cartridge for holding the titration syringe is an excellent addition to the test kit. The tests are fairly easy to read and they seem to be accurate. I checked the dKH using this kit and compared the numbers with the Hanna colorimeter and was right on with this test kit. Would highly recommend.
Best bang for buck By Richard on 12/2/2011
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
I dont know why I didnt buy this kit sooner. The only thing slicker and easier to use than these tests are hanna checkers but for guys who are on a tight budget like me, this is the perfect alternative. Red Sea even makes refills for when you run out. Red Sea was right on the money making this kit.
great little test kit By onborrowedtime on 12/1/2011
onborrowedtime would recommend this product to a friend
great little test kit, seems to be very accurate and easy to use, plus it comes in a great little storage case.
Good kit for the money By Walter on 11/29/2011
Walter would recommend this product to a friend
Good test kit and the instruction videos on line help. Haven't had to re-order reagents yet but that should help to off set the cost of this kit instead of getting whole new kit. Same grips as reviewers before about trying to fit everything back into the box he first few times. It's like a puzzle and just have to remember where everyting goes.
works great By Jose De Jesus on 11/26/2011
Jose De Jesus would recommend this product to a friend
red sea test kit works great clear and easy to read results and great quality stuff come with great case
Outstanding!!!! By FuDz CWerner on 11/25/2011
FuDz CWerner would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use test kit. Just add water from your tank and follow the instructions. I would offer some advice to people when testing...when you get close to the endpoint color go ahead and write the value down. Then titrate a little more to verify the endpoint. Then use that range to calculate your value.
Great Product By Sam on 11/17/2011
Sam would recommend this product to a friend
I have been using Red Sea test kits for a while and overall I am very happy with them. The quality is exceptional, and I am a fan of the way that the kits are organized. The API kits come in cheesy plastic trays, while the RS kits come in a hard plastic box that makes it very easy to keep everything together and organized.
The color cards/charts show the basic instructions of how to conduct each individual test but you MUST read the instructions as well. My first couple of tests I was purging the air from the syringe when adding my reagents to the sample, which you are not supposed to do. This resulted in somewhat inaccurate testing. So make sure you read and understand the instructions on your first go around, and thereafter you can use the card as a reference.
These test kits are easy to use, precise, easy to keep organized, and of high quality. I will continue to purchase them in the future.
Easy to Use - Great Value By Milkman on 11/14/2011
Milkman would recommend this product to a friend
I have been using the Foundation multi-kit for about four months and find it very easy to use. The end point color change is very easy to see and the test cn be completed quickly. Having all three of these basic tests bundled together makes it a great value, especially since you can replace the reagents on a test by test basis. I probably check my alkalinity twice as often as I check CA or Mg, so when I need more alk titrant, I can just buy what I need.
Red Sea vs. API By James on 10/30/2011
James wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
@AC2020x, why do you think Red Sea gives better results than API? Have you have Red Sea results compared to the results from an independent scientific lab, or are you just guessing?
Good product.. very accurate results By Scott on 10/29/2011
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
The method of counting the amount of titration to get your levels is much better than judging what color the solution is compared to the card. It is expensive compared to the ATI kits but worth it for the hard to measure chemicals. I don't think I would get this expensive of a kit for nitrites / nitrates and stuff that is usually zero in my tank at least. If you have problems with those though you should get Red Sea kits for everything to chart an accurate number to see what is going on in your tank.
Don't buy any other brand By Jay on 10/27/2011
Jay would recommend this product to a friend
I am completely sold on Red Sea products - the test kits are so easy to use, the measure down the 0.01 ml scale which is very accurate; They are worth any extra cost they may incur.
Easy to Use By Bob A on 10/19/2011
Bob A would recommend this product to a friend
If this doesn't change the way you test water, then you aren't interested in simplicity. This test kit, with the titrator, makes life so much easier. You wont be sorry you bought this
Read the instructions! By Michael on 10/14/2011
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I tried to test the water twice using just the visual cards that came with the kit with no change in color. I read the instructions and found that I was skipping an important step. Definitely read the instructions first! After I figured out my problem, the test kit works great.
High Quality Test Kit By AC2020x on 10/8/2011
AC2020x would recommend this product to a friend
I definitely suggest red sea pro test kits to everyone who is looking to keep an accurate check on these parameters. I used API tests for quite some time and although they are alright for getting a general ideas of what your parameters are.. they are just unmatched compared to these accurate results. The methods of testing are very scientific as well which is great for testing accurately and not messing up somewhere ruining your entire test.
Although it is a bit more expensive that API tests... they are very high quality and def. worth it in my opinion. If you are just looking to keep a few corals alive though.. this accuracy may not be for you. But if you want your corals to thrive under accurate parameters.. then i believe that you need an accurate test kit... I have gotten very reliable and non-varying numbers that I have experienced with some other test kits.
Also there are refills available which is great for it you run out or if your tests expire. Over time this will allow the tests to be cheaper.... Also the videos are great cause they show you exactly how you want to test so you don't get the wrong results!
its ok By Charles on 10/7/2011
Charles wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
wanted to try this kit like everyone else who watched the video. Its ok. pros: love the packaging, love the organization, love the titration holder. cons: the syringes are not smooth during titration, the graduations on the syringe should be reversed, the instructions aren't the greatest. truth be told, I'm not much a fan of most tests. i kike the Salifert calcium test more than this one though. the syringe is just a paim to use in the titration holder.
must have By jeffrey on 10/4/2011
jeffrey would recommend this product to a friend
red sea tests are very easy and convinent, and a great price. these are the main three tests you should really have
Awsome test Kit By Hathamat on 10/2/2011
Hathamat would recommend this product to a friend
This test kit is definitely Worth the money spent on it. Easy to use accurate and a good value. Easily the best test kit I have purchased.
Good product By ShawnCC on 9/28/2011
ShawnCC would recommend this product to a friend
This kit works well, and has a professional feel to it. It's much easier to titrate with this system, as you don't have to worry about spilling while you're stirring it up. I am very much a fan of having mutliple tests bundled into one kit, so that when you're done with it, you can pack it away in a single case and store it.
A few suggestions for Red Sea:
- I would prefer it if the case were hinged, or had some sort of better closing mechanism. Because it doesn't securely "snap" shut, attempting to pick it up by the lid (i.e. when you're taking it out of the packaging box) causes the lid to come right off.
- Because the contents of the kit have such a tight fit, I find it difficult to get the lid back on when I'm done with it. I typically have to rearrange the contents and make several attempts. An improvement would be having a designated spot, within the case, for each component. For example, each syringe could snap into a special spot, so that it's consistently organized, and the box is easier to close, instead of having it all tossed in there.
Please note that these gripes about about the case only, and the *actual* product--the tests themselves--are very good. I would recommend.
One final suggestion to Red Sea: I notice that you don't have a basic saltwater test kit for Ammonia + Nitrite + Nitrate + pH (the standard cycling parameters). I would really love it if you made such a kit that makes use of your colorimetric comparator.
Don't mind doing the test now By tonythefish on 9/22/2011
tonythefish would recommend this product to a friend
Works great and seems to be accurate . look forward to just buying the refills