Originally Posted by JPUCKETT
i do regular test such as nitrates and ammonia and salinity what else do you suggest i test fr in the reef tank?
I test for temp., SG
, PH, Ca
(occasionally), nitrate. Ammonia and nitrite are usually only present if something is out of whack, so I don't normally test for them unless something appears stressed. If your tank is newer, then an occasional ammo/trite testing is wise, to be sure everything is functioning/balanced.
I have a calcium reactor on the tank as well.
Reactors use CO2
, so it's important to monitor PH w/ them. I'm not very familiar w/ Ca
reactors, but I would assume you will need to monitor Ca
fairly closely to make sure your not adding too much or too little.?
FWIW, I'm not sure if you know or not, but very high Ca
levels can cause precipitaion of carbonates, causing a "snow storm" in the tank and a loss of all or most of your Alk
, along w/ other possible after effects.