- ICP-OES Testing Kit - Triton
Know what is in your water!
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 will provide you with a detailed analysis for 36 different elements with extreme accuracy.
- Higher levels of success
- Tested at USA Triton Lab
- Just fill the vials and send it in
- Know what is missing/excessive and how to fix it
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.
Triton analyzes a comprehensive suite of macro and trace elements crucial to healthy function of your reef system:
Sodium (Na), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Potassium (K), Strontium (Sr), Boron (B), Bromine (Br), Sulphur (S), Lithium (Li), Beryllium (Be), Barium (Ba), Titanium (Ti), Vanadium (V), Chromium (Cr), Manganese (Mn), Iron (Fe), Cobalt (Co), Nickel (Ni), Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Aluminium (Al), Silicon (Si), Arsenic (As), Antimony (Sb), Tin (Sn), Cadmium (Cd), Selenium (Se), Molybdenum (Mo), Mercury (Hg), Phosphorus (P), Phosphate (PO4), Lead (Pb), Iodine (I), Tungsten (W), Scandium (Sc), Lanthanum (La).
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.
Triton ICP-OES Testing is done in Van Nuys, California. A return postage label is included. In most cases, results will be accessible within 24-48 hours after receipt at the Triton Lab.
Return shipping now included - Your test ships free via USPS First-Class to the US-based Triton Lab.
Ship all Triton ICP-OES tests to:
16116 Covello St
Van Nuys, CA 91406
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 included return label on the package and place it in your mailbox or bring it to your local Post Office.
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
Website is terrible By John on 7/21/2020John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIf you’re on an iPhone good luck registering your test vials. Constantly get booted off and have to change your password and user name multiple times I finally contacted Triton. They got back to me within a couple of hours and reset my username and password for me then I could login, the two barcodes not upload because they were not included with my kit? Just a horrible all around experience I will never purchase one of these again.
No customer support By Charles on 3/27/2020Charles would recommend this product to a friendI had a problem registering my ISP account information, something that didn’t make sense. I tried to send an email in the ‘Contact Us’ tab. It came back as invalid. Great. This is a problem. You have a problem, like my sample I mailed was never received and now you’re out your money with no recourse. This is no way to run a company. It will affect my future use of Triton.
Fast and accurate By John on 2/8/2020John would recommend this product to a friendIn late January 2020 Triton opened their California facility to do North America water testing here. They also have included postage on the new ICP tests (although I'm sure BRS and others need to sell their inventory without postage first). I dropped off my sample at the post office on Saturday, confirmation of delivery on Tuesday, and had my test results on Wednesday. This and the N-DOC test are helping tremendously to find the obscure issue with my tank keeping my corals from thriving that could not be found through the normal at home test kits.
Quick and Easy By Chris on 12/4/2019Chris would recommend this product to a friendTried this for the first time and I am pleased with the results. Triton gives solid advice on how to go about fixing the problems, in my case I had high Phosphorous, which I knew I would, and elevated Tin. Never would have known about the Tin without the test, now I just have to find the source. As far as wait time, I don't see why tests are taking so long for others. I sent mine out on a Saturday and had my results the following Wednesday. Talk about quick! It would be nice if postage was included though. Sucks to pay 50$ plus another $5 in postage.
Best test out there By RICHARD on 11/27/2019RICHARD would recommend this product to a friendI do a Triton ICP test every month and the findings are so detailed and found an aluminium spike 8n my 300 mixed reef! Never would had known that without doing the Triton ICP test.. Love this
It works but... By David on 11/14/2019David would recommend this product to a friendThe samples are sent to Ca, then bundled and shipped to Germany. That takes weeks, especially if you live on the east coast.
The fine tuning elements don't have concentrations on them. Triton is very tight lipped on dosages. They want to slave you to then Triton testing, but they don't want to provide a fast service.
Now that ICP is the hot new thing Triton is being left in the dust.
Even if they put an ICP in the US it may be too little too late...
Very expensive as well.
Buy at your own risk By James on 11/4/2019James wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI recently purchased this kit and mailed in. This is the 2nd time I've used this brand in about a year and a half or so. Both times they were apparently lost in the mail. Wasted money!
Great information for a successful reef By Double D on 2/8/2019Double D would recommend this product to a friendMost people dose their tanks according to the directions on the labels but have no idea if their helping or hurting their tanks because they're blindly dosing with no information as to whats high or low. I've kept an amazing tank due to 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?
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!
Do these tests ship to the newly opened lab in USA?
It will be going to the lab here in the US.
Are these kits being shipped to the USA facility?
Yes they are, the no longer travel to Germany.