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Old 11-22-2011, 06:50 PM   #11
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:07 PM   #12
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bighabeeb, people add dead (raw unseasoned) shrimp to start the nitrogen cycle.

api is a very popular and cheap test kit. they work, but certainly not my fav. salifert is nice but spendy.
Looking into test kits now. Checked on the salifert ones, but it looks like there is a seperate test kit for each thing(ph, ammonio, calcium...). Do you have to get all these kits seperate? There is not a all-in-one test kit that test for all of these?
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Nope. Salifert is top notch but expensive. I added one kit a month to my collection until I had them all.
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lamotte is one ive heard whispered around.. not too much buzz but people who use them like em. once again spendy probably more so than salifert, but you can buy just the reagents after your set up so it saves a bit there.
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lamotte is one ive heard whispered around.. not too much buzz but people who use them like em. once again spendy probably more so than salifert, but you can buy just the reagents after your set up so it saves a bit there.
Probably can't get all the test kits right away, so which are the most important tests to perform before adding the fish?
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ammonia, nitrite nitrate and ph are all pretty important. phosphate is a nice test to make sure you dont add an algae problem (like I did)-although some research has shown the bacteria that converts nitrite to nitrate multiplies faster when phosphate is present. someone tried to help my tank, added tap water and my levels went to like 20ppm-so ill have algae for a bit of a while as i continue to add rodi...

when you add corals calcium, magnesium(I dont think corals do poorly whatever the level is, but they do better with it) and carbonate hardness.

I use a chlorine and a copper test once in a while on my water just to make sure nothing bad is going in. I also test the water i get from the lfs to make sure i dont need to get them out of the bag water asap.
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