DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY<---Pro Tip By Quinn on 4/11/2014
Quinn wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I work in the water testing industry so I believe my advice should be taken seriously on this one. DO NOT buy this test kit.
The actual number of steps required to get an "accurate" result are tedious as well as error inducing. I previously, and will stick with, used three other test kits for Magnesium: Red Sea= OK, Salifert= Excellent and LaMotte=Ok. Simply put YOU WILL NOT get accurate results with this ELOS test kit because you are forced to use 30-40 "drops" per test...never an accurate measurement to use. The more drops you are required to use, the less accurate the result. Then to top it all off the results are given with an accuracy of +- 50 ppm!!! Which means you can be off by upwards of over 100 ppm!! Useless to say the least.
To add insult to injury, the test vial lasted exacted one test due to the over sized cap required to stir the results. Broke the vial while using extreme caution and over 2 decades of water analysis experience.
Requires a 6th grade reading level By Johnathon on 11/12/2013
Johnathon would recommend this product to a friend
This test does require a higher level of attention when reading the instructions but they do make sense. If you take your time, read it carefully and do the test right you will get a much better reading with much easier to notice titrations than the competitors test kits.
Basically if you can get past the somewhat complex instructions you will find your Mg readings to be more accurate!
Elos Magnesium Aqua Test Kit By GERRY on 9/19/2013
GERRY wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Poorly written instructions were confusing me. wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
BSR Please make a video on how to use.
wouldn't recommend By GMALTA on 9/9/2013
GMALTA wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I had to scrap three tests, was getting frustrated. Then realized the poorly written instructions were confusing me. wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
hard By Adam on 6/22/2012
Adam wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I didn't think it is very user friendly but what do you expect for a test
Excellent By Jim on 6/24/2011
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
Great test kit. Directions are very clear and easy to read. The color changes during testing are easy to see.
Excellent test kit By Michael on 5/25/2011
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
The written instructions are a little confusing but some online searching gave me answers that cleared up questions.
I gave it 4 out 5 on recommendation because of the way the instructions read and a new comer to the hobby who is already intimidated by the chemistry side is going to get frustrated if they try this kit as their first experience testing mg.
But it's a great kit and very accurate.
good test By roger on 4/22/2011
roger would recommend this product to a friend
the mg test is a lil time consuming but thats what its going to be. i personaly liked the instruction. very simple no reading and getting confused or multiple testing opions like in my salifert kh and ca testers. hard to screw up with pics and a couple of numbers. I have used this tested quiet a few times now and can get my mg number in no time
Easy to Use By Chris on 3/21/2011
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
Works very well.....the process is pretty intensive as one step has you adding 30 plus drops each tiem you measure Mg. Showed a lower qwuality test kit was off by 25%.....worth the effort to get accurate readings
Great Design By Christopher on 2/6/2011
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
First of all, Read the instructions multiple times. The directions are a translation from italian, so they are a bit fuzzy, but if you go through the test dry before you do it for real, this test is easy. The dramatic color change is great, no more blue-ish to purple-ish for an accurate test. You can easily read this test, which makes it my favorite.
Manual obviously written by someone with english as second language. By Paul on 11/30/2010
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
Could have been done far more simplified. Not a bad test kit. But I did waste several attempts before realizing I was reading the steps wrong.
For the price, I would have liked to see a larger reagent bottle, but for the accuracy it was worth the purchase.
Read instructions carefully By King Neptune on 11/9/2010
King Neptune would recommend this product to a friend
I had to scrap three tests, was getting frustrated. Then realized the poorly written instructions were confusing me.
There is one step where you are supposed to start over from scratch...but its written in a way where it looks like your supposed to continue with the same water but in a similar fashion to the first part.
They really need to have someone who officially speaks English do their manuals. Its written by someone who has it as a second language and its obvious.
At roughly a dollar per test, but it was a learning experience, so $3 isn't the end of the world.I honestly prefer the Seachem test over this one. But now that I got it, its a 4.3 star test kit IMO. Ill keep using it.
as accurate as these kinds of test kits get By Reef Krazy on 8/29/2010
Reef Krazy would recommend this product to a friend
These are good test kits, a little process intensive but as good as these kinds of tests get.
High quality, easy to use too!! By Dave3112 on 7/8/2010
Dave3112 would recommend this product to a friend
I have always used salifert or API test kits for my aquarium. Not anymore! This was my first elos test kit but will not be the last. The quality of the test kit is superb. The instructions are very detailed and the color change is very apparent. Sometimes have been unsure with others. The Mg test is a little time consuming but worth every minute now that I keep the Mg stable the growth of my LPS has been exceptional!
Its good but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ By ruidos99 on 4/23/2010
ruidos99 would recommend this product to a friend
Its a good test but for the $$$ get a Salifert!!
elos magnesium test kit By Mark on 4/10/2010
Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
this worked for me the first time I used it, maybe, since it said my Ca from a freshly mixed batch of Tropic Marin was 2000, when it generally mixes up to perhaps 1150.
Since then I've tried it three times, and the colors never changed from mud.
This kit is hard to use and in my experience is worthless. Still to Salifert or Seachem.
Easy to use and very reliable. By Logan on 2/18/2010
Logan would recommend this product to a friend
One of the best test kits I've ever used. This was the first time that I've ever used an elos kit and was more than impressed. The colors really pop out and are very easy to see a change during the test.