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Old 11-05-2007, 04:15 PM   #11
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I'm new to salt water. what tests should i do regularly if my tank has live rock and inverts plus clown fish.[/list]
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Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph , and alk. I would throw phospate in there too bc controling phospate will help you control algae.
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You will need a swing arm Hydrometer or preferably a Refractometer (ATC) to test salinity,
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=769

The main tests you need are:

High Range pH
Ammonia
Nitrate
Nitrite
KH / Alkalinity (Carbonate Hardness)
Calcium

Phosphate (If not using RO/DI water)
Silicate (If not using RO/DI water)
Copper (If not using RO/DI water)

Magnesium (More Advanced testing for reef keeping)
Iodine (More Advanced testing for reef keeping)

I have used both the powder tests and liquid tests. IMEO I have found the liquid tests (API, Salifert) easier and more reliable. I use API.

I'm sure others have had good results from the powder tests.

As I understand, Salifert are supposedly the best, but they are a bit more expensive and harder to get.

SeaChem makes good advanced kits like Magnesium and Strontium..but dont bother with those right now.
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:06 PM   #14
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OK..Got the replacement Strontium Titrant today from Seachem, did a test and came out good. So, it was just a bad titrant in the kit. Now, I have to ask them about the problems with the Alkalinity portion of the Magnesium Kit...What a pain.
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Or, you could buy Salifert or LaMotte test kits ... :P
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