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Old 03-10-2013, 11:35 PM   #231
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P.s. kh and alkalinity are the samething just forgot that I had already said kh.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:21 PM   #232
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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.
Thank you for this great list! I'm going to have to do some research and work on getting some new tests. I want everything to be taken care of perfectly.

As I said, I am away from my fish tanks for a week, which really sucks, but I got a really exciting surprise when I got home. Please please please check out my new thread! I need y'alls help! I just started a new thread for the subject.

Please help me decide!! :)
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #233
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Red sea Pro, salifert, and Hanna 736 for PO4 are the most accurate kits. I wouldn't mess with API. You really get what you pay for. The nice thing about Red Sea Pro is once you buy the kit they sell refills
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #234
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Red sea Pro, salifert, and Hanna 736 for PO4 are the most accurate kits. I wouldn't mess with API. You really get what you pay for. The nice thing about Red Sea Pro is once you buy the kit they sell refills
Cool. I am looking into that. My current tests (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH) are API. Ill give the other guys a shot. Not the first time I've heard that. Shouldn't be hard since I like to order things online. I've been using a hydrometer to test salinity. What's the difference between that and a refractometer? Should I make a switch?
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:06 AM   #235
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Cool. I am looking into that. My current tests (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH) are API. Ill give the other guys a shot. Not the first time I've heard that. Shouldn't be hard since I like to order things online. I've been using a hydrometer to test salinity. What's the difference between that and a refractometer? Should I make a switch?
A refractometer is more accurate.
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A refractometer is more accurate.
Thanks. I don't own a hydrometer yet. Perhaps I should just go ahead and splurge to buy a refractometer.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:33 AM   #237
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I use a hydro without an issues. You might want to get a TDS meter if you start making your own water
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I use a hydro without an issues. You might want to get a TDS meter if you start making your own water
Tds meter? What's that?? Lol.
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Measures the Total Dissolved Solvents in your water. I use it to check the RO/DI water I make. The average in tap water is about 150. My water is 132 and the RO/DI I make is at 0. Gets the metals chlorine arsenic, etc. out of your water. And, it's great for coffee & tea
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Measures the Total Dissolved Solvents in your water. I use it to check the RO/DI water I make. The average in tap water is about 150. My water is 132 and the RO/DI I make is at 0. Gets the metals chlorine arsenic, etc. out of your water. And, it's great for coffee & tea
That's awesome! if I invest in an rodi system, I will def invest in one of those. I don't drink the tap water where I live anyway. Very high arsenic and chlorine levels. I know too much. Lol
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