Know what is in your water!
Return shipping not included - You must place proper postage on the testing package and ship it to Tritons US based distributor.
Triton ICP-OES testing will provide you with a detailed analysis for 36 different elements with extreme accuracy.
- Higher levels of success
- Tested in Dusseldorf, Germany
- Just fill the vials and send it in
- Know what is missing, excessive and how to fix it
Why Does BRS Recommend This?
We have been utilizing 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 isn't 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 forwarding 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 accessible within one to two weeks.
Ship all Triton ICP-OES tests to:
16116 Covello St
Van Nuys, CA 91406
What Is Triton Testing?
Triton ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry) testing is done using plasma that is heated to 10,000 degrees Kelvin and will literally rip molecules apart giving the most accurate saltwater aquarium test results available. Traditionally most testing on reef tanks is done with hobby grade, low-cost test kits, that are notorious 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 alleviate the possibility 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, there 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 receive 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
Interesting but use caution with results By Drew on 11/10/2018Drew would recommend this product to a friendIt is excellent to have access to this type of equipment in a hobby environment. I do have concerns over effect 10 days has on results. I have HANA 0.12 results on maturing SPS tank and ICP gave 0.36. I ran GFO for a bit regardless. Barium was bit high and ROWAPHOS is a suspect of cause. When I worked as a lab tech briefly out of college, ICP was a fast snapshot. That sort of field is more respected in Germany where here it is certainly not valued much.
Tolerances on methods based on near NSW should be shared
Shipping to CA to stage for shipment to Germany is sort of odd
Confirmation a 10 day wait is not effecting results with an acid digestion would be helpful
Why would you, when... By Ant on 11/5/2018Ant wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAt 50 a pop these are just too overpriced. Especially, now when multiple ICP testing options are available with faster turnaround times and a comparable amount of elements tested. Even if these guys were stateside and testing times were insanely fast I still can't justify the extra 20 bucks (ICP Water Analysis is 30 AND they're stateside). As it is, they are not stateside and the time it takes to get results back are way too long so yeah, I'm definitely in the "find something else" camp.
Fantastic way to know what's in your tank By Double D on 8/22/2018Double D would recommend this product to a friendThere are a myriad number of products for your tank with instructions on how much to dose. None of them know what corals you have or how much they consume or what water quality issues you have. The only way to know...Triton ICP. Combine that with the Triton method for reef keeping and I've NEVER had better results in my mixed reef tank.
Takes Too Long & Cheap Packaging By Jeffrey on 8/15/2018Jeffrey wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI live in Florida so to get my results back in two weeks I have to incur extra coast and send my water samples priority mail on a Monday to get it to California by Wednesday and then wait for them to ship to Germany by the end of the week. If I don't send it priority mail it takes three to four weeks to get results back. Is the US market not worth investing in to test samples here? Add to that they switched their packaging from plastic containers to cheap paper milk cartons that leek. Why not keep the quality plastic containers and sell refills in a cheap container?
Expensive By Jonny on 8/9/2018Jonny wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThese are certainly over-priced at $50 a pop. Interesting that my Red Sea test kit shows PO4 at .10, but Triton shows it way off the charts. I got my results about 10 days after I mailed them in, which isn't too bad, but again it's overpriced for what you get.
very long turn around process compared to another ICP lab By JN on 7/19/2018JN wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVery lengthy COMPARED to another lab in Florida. The water sample goes to California (PO Box) and then from there who knows how long it takes it goes to Germany. It's been weeks still waiting on my water test results. I wish I could get a refund this is how dissatisfied I"m with this.
Anticipated solid results- delivered. By Join the Revolution on 5/31/2018Join the Revolution would recommend this product to a friendThanks Triton for delivering the results. The whiners complain that its takes too long- but why they do not understand stability is amateur reefing hour. Triton results are valid indicators to preferred water conditions or systems going awry- early indicators and detectors.
You send a water sample out of your STABLE tank (that means- your tank's chemistry does not change drastically week to week, right?).
Now you wait and about a week later you get your results. If your has chemistry change drastically since being tested, you have, or are causing an imbalance. (mic drop).
ICP testing only benefits stable environments. Thanks BRS for stocking this great tool for creating an even stable environment!
I tried but they FAILED!!! By Zephryn100 on 4/23/2018Zephryn100 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought 2 of these in November and tried to register on the website in april so I could send in my first test after a month after cycle. Tried to register and then they sent me a E-mail to confirm my registration. I clicked the confirm and they said I don't have an account. So I tried this 3 more times with different emails and 3 different user names and all 3 failed and said I had no account. Then I tried to login using gmail plus and that failed. Then I tried to contact them via facebook message and the reply was automated saying they cant receive facebook messages. I tried to use this item but hit roadblocks at every corner. I even tried to chat with BRS to try to figure out what to do and they want me to email them the problems I tried now for over 2 hours to get registered to send in my tests and failed due to their failure to have a website that actually works. I therefore have to recommend that no one try this product and go with another testing lab.
Very insightful By Chris on 4/17/2018Chris would recommend this product to a friendI wish the test included nitrate but overall, I am very satisfied with the results of the test as well as the corrective guidance the test provides. It took 8 calendar days to receive my results, which I don't think is excessive This is probably something reefers need to do at least a couple of times a year.
Great, but with a caveat... By Chuck on 3/30/2018Chuck would recommend this product to a friendTriton’s ICP test are great. Truly taking reef keeping to the next level.
However, having to forward them to Germany results in exceedingly long wait times. There are thousands and thousands of ICP units in the US. If Triton wishes to continue to tap the US market, they are going to need to make some equipment investments and solve their shipping issues with both tests and supplements. I know they’d make a bigger dent in my wallet if they did so :-)
Great Product, Great Method By sean on 2/3/2018sean would recommend this product to a friendI got 10 of these on black Friday for $35 each. At $49 its a little steep, but its still probably worth it to try at least a 3 pack to see where you are at and then to get your tank on track. Yes the results are slow, 12-14 days for me, from the day I ship it out. Yes you have to pay for shipping. When I bought them I knew this, thus did not deduct any stars. The results have been helpful and I will continue to send them in monthly until I get everything dialed in perfectly, then ill send one in every other month. If they don't go on sale this year I probably wont buy so many. For me, $500 for a year of monthly testing is expensive, $350 is about the threshold of value.
Could be better By Nate on 1/14/2018Nate would recommend this product to a friendHere is the deal. I run triton on my 90 gallon SPS dominate tank and it is awesome knowing exactly what is in my water. The triton website is very easy to navigate. I really like how the results tell you sources of contamination and possible fixes. Along with the exact amount of trace elements to be dosed if needed.
It only costs $3 to ship in the states.
The reason I gave three stars and would gladly change to five in the future is te long wait to get results back. It takes 10 business days on average and that is to long. Once they get a test site here in the states it will speed things up.
Overall I am impressed with the test results. I wish they would add a extra vial to test the RODI water.
Do you have any canadian customers that have bought and successfully shipped triton tests??
Those specific customers have not reported back to us about that specifically. We recommend browsing the reef hobbyist forums like Reef2Reef.com and ReefCentral.com to search for fellow reefers who may be sharing that information. :-)
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!