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Old 02-20-2006, 09:08 PM   #1
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LFS water test..

ok i went to a LFS today and got my water tested and i thought i would share the results with you guys and see waht you think...

Calcium--365
stronium--6
iodine--low
iodide--low
iodates--low
boron--2.76
organics--4
phosphate--2
nitrate--35
nitrite--trace
free ammonia--trace
total ammonia--trace
silicates-- .02
copper--0
alkalinity--2.75
PH--7.9
oxygen--6.8
magnesium--1236
iron--trace
salinity--1.026
vit/min--low


He suggested that i start adding trace elements.. i normaly do 10% water change weekly and did a 20% this week... this LFS guy seems very experienced and seemed to know well about what he was talking about... let me know what you guys think!! TIA!!
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I think he is trying to make a sale. What brand of salt do you use?
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:28 PM   #3
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I agree. He is trying to make a sale. Trace elements are not needed as long as you do regular water changes. I am guessing the tank is just finishing the cycle? Levels are almost ready for fish. You need to look into a PH/ALK buffer.
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the tank has been running for a while now and i already have fish in there..
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btw i use IO salt...
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:54 AM   #6
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Is this going to be a FO tank? In my 55 fowlr I never have used any additives and everything is fine. Some tanks need a little additive for cal and alk, my 125 reef took forever to get the coraline going and I was dosing daily.
Do you plan on corals? Doing regular water changes should be all that is needed right now.
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its just fish only i not planning on corals soon because i in the military and can/have to move at anytime...
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