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Old 05-24-2011, 02:13 PM   #11
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I prefer to check my levels once a week. Some people have identifiers of some sort when there levels may be off. For example some people that have xenia say it becomes droopy and that's when they know. For me I know my levels may be off with the way my fish act, I watch them enough to know if even the slightest thing is wrong.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:14 PM   #12
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+1 for carey on not wanting to wait for the LFS because most of the time the LFS is closed when I need water tested. Plus it gives me peace of mind if im just overreacting.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:25 PM   #13
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+1 for carey on not wanting to wait for the LFS because most of the time the LFS is closed when I need water tested. Plus it gives me peace of mind if im just overreacting.
Good point. I definitely understand where you guys are comin from. My lfs closes at 6 mon-sat and closed completely on Sunday. The closest open shop after 6 or on Sunday is 35 miles from here. I will be investing in a test kit soon. Are there any particular brands that you can recommend or are they al about the same?
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:29 PM   #14
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API master kit is the best one.
Stay away from the strips testers. Not as accurate.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:32 PM   #15
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Thanks. I will have to bump that up on my priority list.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:33 PM   #16
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Well I first started out with API Master test kit which includes PH,Ammonia,Nitrite,Nitrate testers for a reef tank. I believe there is another type of API master test kit for non reef tanks. Also, over time I had to buy a calcium test kit and a KH Carbonate test kit. The master kit runs about 30-35 dollars and the single kits run about 10-15 dollars each.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:39 PM   #17
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What's the difference between the reef and non reef kits? Have a FOWLR tank as well as a reef tank.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:44 PM   #18
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I believe the only difference is a few items are switched out.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:46 AM   #19
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Cool, thanks .
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:45 PM   #20
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Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Reef Master Liquid Test Kit

You will also want to test Ammonia, and PH. Also, do you have a refractometer or hydrometer? You can get a good refractometer form Bulk Reef Supply, about $40.
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