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Old 03-27-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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Can I test my water every other day instead of every day during my cycle?
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Old 03-27-2005, 03:59 PM   #2
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it would be best to test every day because then you can determine the upward and downward trends a lot easier. but one can get away with it, i assume, because usually i don't test until the 2nd week really (i know i should test better) but after i see ammonia i let things go until i test again and see nitrite and then later and then i see nitrate and let that sit for a while and that is good enough for me. (as long as you cycled your tank with a heavy bioload where readings are really obvious so then when you see a reading of 0 ppm. then it is obviously not in the system anymore.)
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Every two or three days is ok for the first week or two. After the 2 week mark you should go for every day because it's going to start clearing up.
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If you are doing a fishless cycle I don't see the need to test everyday. I probably would just to get an idea of what is going on. If you have a fish or inverts in there I would definetly test daily. Just incase you need to do an emergency water change.
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