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Old 09-06-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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What do I need to test

Seeing a lot of conflicting info on what is essential to test. Have 29g that I plan to start adding my first corals soon. The current test kits I have are api liquid ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and ph. What are the other essential ones to get. Figure i need calcium and alkinity. Is salifert the best to use? Also have a bunch of inverts. Should I test for iodine

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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Salifert kits are really good. I also test for Mg and phosphate.

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Old 09-07-2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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The API test kit is good during cycling a tank. I don't recommend it on a matured stable reef tank since it is known for it's inaccuracy. I go for Salifert also. The most essential tests you need are pH, kH, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, nitrate, salinity and temp. You can test the ammonia and nitrite once in a while or when there is a sign of trouble.
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Redsea is good and you can get some of the tests in a bundle for cheap.
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The only truly hobby grade reliable phosphate tester is the Hanna one. None of the others test low enough. But yeah I like salifert for calcium/alk and mag

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