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Old 09-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #21
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I would advise steering clear of test strips.... they are notoriously inaccurate. The liquid test kits aren't hard to use & are accurate enough for fish-only. If you ever ponder corals, however, you will need much more accurate kits than API.
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Red sea makes great test kits
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Also if you are willing to spend money, hanna checkers are great tests but expensive but they do all the reading for you
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:23 PM   #24
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Agreed. I use both Red Sea & Hanna checkers, and they are much better than API, but not critically necessary for a little FOWLR. A couple of Hannas alone would probably cost more than his entire 10g set-up.......
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Thats true but if he thinks of getting corals hanna chekcers may be good for him. I think he should start with red sea though to get used to how to test the hard way.
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I think he should start with red sea though to get used to how to test the hard way.
.... for an 11 year old??? I'm 43, and I still have to pull out the reference cards to run the tests......
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No plans for corals..

I will go with the API for now.. My 11 yr old will be the primary tester, but I will help by watching him do it. It is HIS tank, so he gets to do most of the work
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You will need to use an ammonia source to start the cycle. You also need to get all your rock in there ASAP - during the cycle you want your beneficial bacteria to reside in the rock and sand - you can't cycle just water.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:38 PM   #29
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WEEK 1 cycling complete

Tank has been cycling for the last week, I bought the API Master kit last night and tested the water this AM:

First.. the tank, 20 lbs sand with 8 lbs LR have been in there this last week as well:


PH:


Ammonia


Nitrite:


Nitrate:


SO testing the water is easy, but where do the results need to be? Now what do I do?
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Did you already have an ammonia spike. If that is so than that is a very fast cycle. Did you use already cycled rock from another tank?
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