As promised here’s the second part to the Triton reef test. Unfortunately, the time it took to get the results was much longer than expected. This is because there was some type of a mix up at Triton and they had to send me another test. Luckily they were very nice and sent me another set of vials super fast. I got the replacement vials within a few days and had the new one back in the mail. I did end up doing a water change in between the first and second test vials sent in, so my personal test results in the original article don’t go along with what was sent in. The tests I came up with for this go around were as follows:

Carbonate(Hanna)-         8.0 DKH

Calcium(API)-                   520 ppm

Magnesium(Salifart)-     1290ppm

Nitrate(Salifart)-             5ppm

Phosphate(Hanna)-        0.03ppm

Triton Test Results

The PDF of the results —> Triton Results

If you noticed I did also get a hanna checker for alkalinity for this go around as well, which was an awesome purchase, much better than titrating. Overall, the results ended up being better than expected. I thought I would have a problem with heavy metals but that defiantly was not the case, which is relieving because in the back of my head I always wondered if I brought in trace amounts of heavy metals from work, via hands, even after washing.

Triton Test Finding and Insight

My magnesium ended up being low around 1225, which brings up an interesting point I’ve found with my first Triton test. The PDF version of the test results have warning lamps just like the online version, although it is not a pointer along a colored bar. It’s just a colored box, but in my case the online versions magnesium has the pointer pointing directly in the green, while the PDF version states Mg is in the red. Not a huge deal but something to look for if you ever send in a test. Like most people that send in a Triton test, I as well had very elevated levels of lithium.doc I tried to find a good explanation online of why this would be and what effects it could be having on my reef, but it didn’t find any information of real value. In my opinion the lithium must be coming from the salt. I am sure there are forums out there where people have sent in fresh mixed salt water to see what’s in it. The salt I have been using for the past few years is Reef Crystals and Red Sea Reef, but for the past 4 months it has been Red Sea only. The last issue I had with my water chemistry was my iodine level, this is quite important so I dose some to raise it back to the proper level. I did some reading and found out that heavy active carbon use can strip away iodine, which makes sense because I have been using a lot of carbon lately. I like how clear it makes my water, but I really need to lower the amount im using. Recently ive been putting in a few cups into a media sock, maybe around 2-3. I probably should only use a half cup to a cup.

Summing up My Triton Results

Overall I am very happy with the turn out. My tank is in much healthier conditions than I expected. Now the only thing is to keep it stable at this point for as long as possible. If you are thinking about buying a Triton test, I defiantly think it is well worth the money. I do wish they were cheaper so I could send in more, but it is a new technology and once there is competition im sure the price will decrease. I myself will be buying another in a few months down the road to see how things are going. It’s quite cool to be able to see your parameters all laid out numerically and visually on a PDF you can save to your computer for future referencing.