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Product Review ; Nyos Nitrate Test kit Vs Salifest Nitrate Test kit

Product Review ; Nyos Nitrate Test kit Vs Salifest Nitrate Test kit

As a hobbyist, the safest range of test kit is no stranger to people like me. It also one of the more popular brands of test kit brand which provide a wide range of water parameter testing for most aquarium use, and application.

I had a chance to get hold of the New Nyos Reefer version of the  test kit which is relatively new to the market and I decided to make a comparison between these two brands of the nitrate test kit. One which is relatively “New kid on the block” here vs the other brand which has been widely established.

NYOS nitrate test kit

Above photo showing what the NYOS Nitrate test kit contains.

Salifest N03 test kit

Photo showing what the Salifest Nitrate test kit contains

20150916_125806 NYOS test kit chart

NYOS test kit colour chart

Salifest test

Salifert Nitrate color chart

Comparison of the two-colour testing chart.

NYOS Test kit

Below is a summary of the two brands of the test kit.

Brand Salifest  NYOS
Waiting time ( Result ) Fast  Good
Accuracy Good Good
Testing procedures  Easy Easy
Instruction Manual Easy to understand Easy to understand
Colour chart reference  Can be a challenge to read the colour Easier to read with cross reference
Testing Method Colourimetric endpoint Colorimetric endpoint

Comparing to both colour chart, the NYOS test kit reference chart is relatively easier to read with the help of the reference. However, the salifest testing procedure has a shorter waiting time for the result to be shown. The NYOS test kit also seems to have better packaging and accessories, as it comes with a holder to help prevent surrounding lighting affecting the reading of the test result.

In Conclusion, I would say that both test kits give me a reliable similar result from the water testing, but each having its own pro and cons. But in term of test accuracy, the “New kid on the block” – Nyos test kit definitely meet its mark. Unfortunately Nyos currently only provide the basic 5 water parameter test kit at the present moment, but it comes with both the reefer and professional series of water testing. Although I am not sure yet what different the professional series of the Nyos test kit will be, so far the reefer version of it had served me well.

Larry Ng

Larry Ng (aka Harlequinmania )- Blogger, chef editor of SRC, and experience reef keeper, with over twenty years in the marine aquarium hobby. His love and crazy for marine life and fish keeping since a young age has turned his passion into a lifelong hobby. His personal 1000 gallon tank, and setup has been featured on the magazine and video.