Why Does BRS Recommend This?
We have been utalizing Triton's ICP-OES testing system for some time with aquariums, additives, and almost any other liquid that we have wanted to know what is in it exactly. Triton now gives you the ability to know what is in your reef tank and even better, how to fix it! Many additive systems just tell you to add a couple capfuls every day, and we all know that isnt the best method of reefing. Triton uses accurate testing to analyze the concentration of elements within your tank, and with their research and additives, they even let you know how to get your reef tank back on track.
Triton ICP-OES Testing is done in Dusseldorf, Germany and must be shipped to Triton's US distributor for forewarding to Triton's testing lab. Return postage is not included and is usually under $2.50 to ship to the US distributor. In most cases results will be accessable within one to two weeks.
Ship all Triton ICP-OES tests to:
16116 Covello St - Unit B
Van Nuys, Ca 91406
What Is Triton Testing?
Triton ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emmission Spectrometry) testing is done using plasma that is heated to 10,000 degrees Kelvin and will litterly rip molecules apart giving the most accurate saltwater aquarium test results available. Traditionaly most testing on reef tanks is done with hobby grade, low cost test kits, that are natorious for being inaccurate and hard to discern. Triton testing gives you precise views into 36 different elements that are very important to overall coral health and vitality.
Why Use Triton Testing?
Knowing the elemental concentration in your reef tank is very important, and traditionally a large water change was done once every 6 months to a year to help allevieate the possability of molecule and element build up in the water. Using Triton ICP testing lets you know what is right, what is excessive, what is missing, and how to fix it all. After sending in your Triton test you will receive a detailed analysis of what is in your reef, and how you should react.
We highly recommend a minimum of 3 tests for your first time so you can establish a "baseline" reading for your reef with a second test to track any adjustments made after the initial test, and then the third test is used to determine what trace elements are being consumed at a higher rate than others after the initial adjustments.
1. Visit triton-labs website and register an account.
2. Inside of the test kit, their will be a barcode that you will need to connect the test kit to the account you just created.
3. Collect a sample of water from your aquarium both test vials with aquarium water three times, then filling each vial completely.
4. Place the barcodes on each vial and then put them both into the return shipping box.
5. Remove the protective film from the sticky tape and seal the box.
6. Place proper postage on the package and place it in your mailbox (usually $2.50 in postage) or bring it to your local Post Office. (postage not included)
7. You will then start to recieve email updates when the sample is received, and also when the test is completed.
Want to learn more about the Triton System?
A Guide to the Triton Method - This guide was made to give you the necessary information on how to use the Triton Method.
Triton Method Beginners Guide - A high-level overview of what the Triton system is and how to implement it.
The Triton Method Full Guide - The full guide for how to set up an aquarium system for the Triton Method with the science and principles behind it.
The Unofficial Triton Method For Dummies - A guide by hobbyist focused on simplifying the Triton Method
Great accurate test saved my tank! By Hornetdriver18 on 10/1/2017Hornetdriver18 would recommend this product to a friendI sent out a sample from my 150 brand new set up just after the tank cycled and I did my water changes and the results were a wealth of information. The 150 has great water with no issues. I also sent out a sample from my 35 gallon salt mix station to find that something I was using leached a ton of silicon in my fresh salt water storage tank! I cleaned the storage tank and made fresh saltwater from the same bucket of salt I mixed before and I changed the pump. The sample came back with no silicon! The testing helped save my tank from a silicon overdose. I woul have never known without Triton. Thanks.
Good By Snupa on 9/25/2017Snupa would recommend this product to a friendGood way to get a baseline for the aquarium and understand whether your at home test kits work properly. It took about 3 days for my sample to arrive in CA, 3 days to arrive in Germany, and additional day for the test itself. Rating one less star because website is a little confusing and I wish they did the testing in the USA so it would take less time.
VERY useful for uncovering hidden problems in your tank By Randall on 8/9/2017Randall would recommend this product to a friendI've sent several samples to Triton at this point, and also several concurrent samples to a competing ICP-OES testing lab. I feel that the Triton results are overall more accurate. Their website also provides a more intuitive way to evaluate the results, and information on possible sources of contamination or overdosage.
In my case, Triton uncovered that iodine dosing had resulted in a dangerously high level, when the more-or-less worthless hobbyist test kits indicated an iodine deficiency. Exact same situation with strontium. Also other interesting results, like an excess of tin (found 3 rusting nuts on my return pump, which I subsequently replaced). Also an excess of lithium, which I've traced to the salt I've been using.
Sending concurrent samples to Triton is also useful for checking the accuracy of your own hobbyist test kits. It has definitely confirmed my trust in some kits and my suspicions about others.
You don't have to be using the 'Triton method' to take advantage of their chemical analysis services.
I take one star off because it's a painfully long process to actually get the result once you've sent the sample in; up to 2 weeks. First it has to go to California, then it's sent to Germany, then it's tested a couple of days later. This can be a long time if you're trying to get to the bottom of a problem. Also, the website only lets you associate one sample at a time to each tank. No 'before and after' samples sent together in one box. Of course you can circumvent this by just creating a fictitious new tank for each sample you submit, but that shouldn't be necessary.
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If I am going to convert my reef tank to the Triton method, Should I perform a large water exchange and run this test in an attempt to establish a baseline or, should I order the test and do it using the water that is currently in my tank? I'm asking because, I'm not quite sure what dosing supplements I should start with, or how much to dose.
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to getting started with Triton. I would highly recommend doing a large % waterchange as you had said in order to establish that base line. When using Triton methods we are aiming to try to replicate our freshly mixed saltwater as best as possible (assuming you are using quality salt). Sending the test out before doing this more then likely they will recommend that you do a few large waterchanges and send in another test. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!