Originally Posted by malkore
Since I plan to add soft corals in about a month (shrooms
)...should I have a magnesium, strontium, and iodide tests? What importance is a silicate test?
Personally I wouldn't worry about these kits that much just yet. Magnesium will get used up but depending on your saltmix, regular water changes should replenish it quite well. Once you move into scleractinians Mg
would be a good idea. Iodine is still much debated but again IMO
, I wouldn't bother with testing or adding it. The foods you feed combined with water changes will maintain it just fine. Overuse of iodine will easily spur on nuisance algaes. Also be aware most test kits do not register it in all forms so it may easily poison the tank.
Silicates are ones of those kits you may use once in a blue moon and usually only if having algae problems. Unless you do, I wouldn't bother. If anything see if your LFS
can test it for you occassionally.