ATI Essentials Pro vs. Triton Core7: A Comparison of the 2 Dosing Products

ATI Essentials Pro vs. Triton Core7: A Comparison of the 2 Dosing Products

Many people compare ATI Essentials Pro vs. Triton Core7 because they are both German-made products. Although the products do share many similarities, there are also some significant differences between them. In today’s blog, we compare these two products and what you should expect while dosing them.

What’s in the Bottle:

Both ATI Essentials Pro and Triton Core7 contain essential major and minor elements. Below is a chart showing what is in each product:

ElementEssentials ProTriton Core7
Aluminium (Al) 
Antimony (Sb) 
Arsenic (As) ** 
Barium (Ba)
Beryllium (Be) 
Boron (B)
Bromine (Br)
Cadmium (Cd) 
Calcium (Ca)
Carbonate (CO3)
Chlorine (Cl)
Chromium (Cr)
Cobalt (Co)
Copper (Cu)
Fluorine (F) 
Iodine (I)
Iron (Fe)
Lead (Pb) ** 
Lithium (Li)
ElementEssentials ProTriton Core7
Magnesium (Mg)
Manganese (Mn)
Mercury (Hg) ** 
Molybdenum (Mo)
Nickel (Ni)
Nitrogen (N) 
Phosphate (PO4) 
Phosphorus (P)
Potassium (K)
Rubidum (Rb) 
Selenium (Se)
Silicon (Si) 
Sodium (Na)
Strontium (Sr)
Sulphur (S)
Tin (Sn)
Titanium (Ti) 
Vanadium (V)
Zinc (Zn)

** Indicates a toxic element

Ease of Use

Both products have a reputation of being difficult to use. Although neither product is simply set-it and forget-it, neither product is as challenging to use as it may seem.

How Many Parts:

  • Triton Core7 Triton Method: Up to 7 bottles; however, only the base product of 4 bottles is required.
  • ATI Essential Pro: 2 bottles

How to Prepare for Dosing:

  • Triton Core7 Triton Method (1000mL Set): Part 1 and Part 2 can be used straight out of the bottle. For Part 3A, add 0.5 liters of RODI water to a 1L container, add the contents of the package, and then top off the container with RODI water to create 1L of solution. Part 3B is prepared the same way as Part 3A. All parts can also be diluted, if needed.
    Please note: the mixing instructions for the larger sizes of the Triton Core7 Triton Method vary.
  • ATI Essential Pro: This can be used straight out of the bottle or diluted with four parts RO-DI water, making two bottles that are 10 L each.

How to Dose:

Dose in equal parts based on the tank’s alkalinity level. If the alkalinity goes up, dose less. If alkalinity goes down, dose more.

  • Triton Core7 Triton Method: Dose equal parts of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, and Part 3b.
  • ATI Essential Pro: Dose equal parts of Part #1 and Part #2.

Requirements for Use

Both ATI Essentials and Triton claim no water changes are required. However, other items are still needed with these items. Here are the requirements for each product:

RequirementEssentials ProTriton Core7
Skimmer
Sump
ICP TestingRecommendedRecommended
Refugium/Algae Bed
CarbonOnce/month
GFO/Phosphate RemoverAs needed
Water ChangesNot requiredNot required

While it’s not required, both manufacturers highly recommend using their ICP-OES testing analysis along with their dosing regimens. These highly scientific tests measure each element’s level in the water, and each manufacturer makes dosing recommendations based on the results. In addition to a complete ICP analysis, the ATI ICP Lab also provides results for KH, Nitrate and Fluoride.

Strength and Cost:

Let’s take a look at each product’s concentration, recommended dosage and projected costs:

Concentration of Carbonate:

  • Triton Core7 Triton Method Bottles 3A + 3B: 20,000 dKH
  • ATI Essential Pro Part #1: 27,000 dKH

Recommended Dosage & Projected Cost:

The following is each manufacturer’s recommendation to raise dKH by 1 point per 100 L of tank water:

  • Triton Core7 Triton Method: Dose 5.3 mL of bottles 1, 2, 3a, and 3b or 10.6 ml of mixed 3a and 3b + 5.3 ml of bottle 1 and 5.3 ml of bottle 2. In either scenario, it is a total of 21.2 mL of solution per 1 dKH. The cost of 4x 1 L Triton Core7 is $52.00, which translates to $0.2756 to raise 100 L by 1 dKH.
  • ATI Essential Pro: Dose 7 mL of Part #1 and the same amount of Part #2 for a total of 14 mL per 1 dKH. At $39.95, this translates to $0.1398 to raise 100 L by 1 dKH.

That should cover our ATI Essentials Pro vs. Triton Core7 comparison. What other questions do you have regarding these two popular products? If you’ve used either one, please feel free to contact us with your feedback. We’d love to hear about your experience!

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