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Old 03-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #221
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But you used it anyway !! I hear yah, let us know how the build goes. Might be the perfect time to build a stand that holds a sump...
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Lol. It is good enough to hold it. I just don't want to test my luck! I'm going to build a stand that will hold one but I can't have one till I move. Which will probably be almost a year. Lol. But soon. I'll let you know when everything starts. I'm excited. I'm going to build a canopy for it.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:13 PM   #222
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What about phosphates of you don't have a phosphate test your gonna need one.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #223
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What about phosphates of you don't have a phosphate test your gonna need one.
I dont have one. I'll work on it though
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Other than ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, what other stuff should I be testing for? What is the significance of all of them?
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Other than ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, what other stuff should I be testing for? What is the significance of all of them?
Ammonia poisoning is the single most deadly killer of fish grown in aquariums. Most of the times, Ammonia levels build up just after a new tank is set up. But, Ammonia levels can also go up when the tank "load" or the number of fish in a tank is just too high for the tank capacity.

Phosphates are a primary nutrient source for many forms of algae, particularly green hair species, so when high concentrations are allowed to accumulate in an aquarium, it opens the door for aggressive algae blooms to occur.
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Ammonia poisoning is the single most deadly killer of fish grown in aquariums. Most of the times, Ammonia levels build up just after a new tank is set up. But, Ammonia levels can also go up when the tank "load" or the number of fish in a tank is just too high for the tank capacity.

Phosphates are a primary nutrient source for many forms of algae, particularly green hair species, so when high concentrations are allowed to accumulate in an aquarium, it opens the door for aggressive algae blooms to occur.
Ahh. Makes sense. I knew about ammonia. The phosphates are something I didn't know. Thanks!
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No problem. I'm trying to get them out of my 120 while basically scraping the top layer of my sand out of my tank.... This stuff is NASTY...
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No problem. I'm trying to get them out of my 120 while basically scraping the top layer of my sand out of my tank.... This stuff is NASTY...
I bet! I used my new tongs the other today to pick some cyano off of my sand. It was way too easy. Nasty stuff for sure! I'm gone now and my brother is taking care of my tank for a week. My light timer is set to ship to his house any day and he is going to set it up for me. Best brother ever? I think so. Weird leaving my tank for that long though.
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I personally test for:
Calcium*
Kh*
Magnesium*
Alkalinity*
Ph*
Potassium (I carbon dose)
Phosphate*
Ammonia*
Nitrite*
Nitrate*
Salinity* (via Refractometer)
O2 (yes I know it unneeded but a lot of people have gas exchange problems due to bad water circulation so I wanted to be sure I wasn't one of them)
Copper
Iron

I put stars next to the ones we reefaholics highly reccomend. I only use salifert but API and tons of other cheaper brands work as well. The first 4 are not required because you don't have that many corals yet but once have more your gonna likely need them. This probably sounds complicated but do a lot of research on reef aquarium chemistry. I'm only 14 and I no longer find this part of the hobby confusing but I did 3 years ago.
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