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Old 04-12-2013, 11:33 PM   #11
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I will get a better one some day soon but that will be when I start getting hard corals and stuff
Don't sweat it... Your API kit will get you through... Some people don't even have test kits, so kudos to you for being on track
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I wanna do it all right my LFS is a big seller of API and Red Sea but I didn't have the money to get a Red Sea test kit
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I wanna do it all right my LFS is a big seller of API and Red Sea but I didn't have the money to get a Red Sea test kit
Your heading in the right direction. Don't worry too much about it.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:03 AM   #14
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I won't haha I got told if I want to hard corals ill need to test for magnesium and some others to is that right?
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I won't haha I got told if I want to hard corals ill need to test for magnesium and some others to is that right?
Yes you'll want to test for alkalinity, magnesium etc.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:49 AM   #16
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Aw okay ill look into getting them tests in the next month or so and ill buy any dosing stuff before to just to be per paired
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Don't waste your money... you're not going to need any "dosing stuff". Regular water changes are more than plenty for soft corals.
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Agreed. You probably won't need to dose for a long time. I started doing after a year. Corals really took off and calcium etc kept coming up a little low. I used B-ionic 2 part.
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Aw okay haha I really wanna try an acro soon
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #20
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API Test Kit

I too am a newbie. We have had our tank up and running for about 2 months now. I was using API test kit and discovered my phospate kit did the same for every water I used on it. I took water to the LFS to have it tested. API said .25 and when they tested with a hanna test it was .90! That is part of our problems so I bought the hanna test kit right then and there. Can't say we have it down like it should be but I bought Salifert tests for the rest of the stuff and am just now getting use to it.
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