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Old 12-23-2014, 04:33 PM   #21
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I haven't used them- but you don't need the silica at this moment.

I personally use red sea, sailfert, & hanna.

Selifert for trates work great.



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Old 12-23-2014, 04:37 PM   #22
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K will do. It will likely be after Xmas, but I'll get some ammonia.

I will look into those brands. Thanks man!
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Good luck. Keep us posted.


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Old 12-23-2014, 06:13 PM   #24
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+1 to getting new test kit... When I first started saltwater I used API it would read my nitrates at insane levels... Had my LFS test it an he told me it was crystal clear.
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K. I'll get a whole new kit. Now I'll just need to figure out how to get rid of my algae and I'll be all set.
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Geez those brands of kits are expensive.
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K. I'll get a whole new kit. Now I'll just need to figure out how to get rid of my algae and I'll be all set.

Reduce the nutrients you put in the tank and balance out the nutrient input / output ratio.

A little GFO works great to keep phosphates in check.




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Geez those brands of kits are expensive.

I think about it this way;
They maybe twice as much, but you have 3x more tests.
The health of the system depends on the chemicals we can test for and keep balanced.


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I know. Ok so I need ammonia, nitrite and nitrates, alkalinity, PH, and a refractometer. Anything else?

Oh and my protein skimmer broke tonight. FML.
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I know. Ok so I need ammonia, nitrite and nitrates, alkalinity, PH, and a refractometer. Anything else?

Oh and my protein skimmer broke tonight. FML.

Its ok. Slow down a bit and let the tank do its thing. Its young and starting to mature.

Test I recommend at this point:
Nitrate, & phosphate
(alk, calc, mag- you can buy a master kit like red sea, but don't need to waste them yet until you have a diverse coral collection).

API is fine for ammonia & nitrite.

-then only need to worry about alk, (KH), as that is the "indicator" if you will as if somethings off).
Again - When you have a more mature system.

Don't bother with PH. Its unnecessary stress.

Refractometer or another conductivity / salinity device is highly recommended over the floaty hydrometer.

***Water changes (w/RO/DI & decent salt mix), are your best friend.
They will replenish all the chemicals needed in a young, sparse system.







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