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Old 09-11-2011, 10:16 PM   #41
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Wow are those test kits expensive?

Ca- $26.49
Mg- $26.49
Phosphate- $27.99
Alk- $16.99
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:19 PM   #42
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Yep, I bought one at a time as I went along here and there. You can get them much cheaper if you really look too.
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So which should I buy first? Is there a most important to least important order?
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If you end up with algae then phosphate first i;d say, then calcium. Then probably alk. Magnesium can wait to last in my opinion, even thoguh all three cal, mag nd alk are all tied together.
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If you end up with algae then phosphate first i;d say, then calcium. Then probably alk. Magnesium can wait to last in my opinion, even thoguh all three cal, mag nd alk are all tied together.
So I can hold off on these for now? Just something to aquire in the future?

Thanks for dealing with me again carey. I probably cause you such a headache
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:37 PM   #46
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No problem, I enjoy helping. I;m doing a primarily coral only tank myself so it's interesting to go through yours with you.

Yep, unless you have any major algae issues then phosphates if not I'd go straight to calcium. Just my opinion though.

If you take pristine care of your tank you shouldnt have phosphate issues anyway as long as you use ro/di water.
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I am glad! lol

I have no access to ro/di but I do to distilled. i read that would be fine?

Wait I read you were parting out a 55gal, Salt? Want to sell me some lr lol
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All my rock is going into my new 90g build. sorry....
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Awwww darn! haha its fine. So distilled is good?
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To be honest, I don't know. I would figure its better than tap water. I used bottled spring water once in a bind. ThenI used to go and filla jug at the supermarket water machines. Did that until I got my ro/di machine.
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