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Old 01-22-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Water test kit

What kind is best and what is absolutely needed for testing saltwater 55g tank?
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Personally is like Salifert the best as far as titration test kits. Hanna Checkers are better but cost quite a bit more than a regular test kit.
Depending on the age of the system, you should be checking nitrate at the very least and if you keep hard corals you need to check calcium, alkalinity and magnesium. It's also good to occassionally test pH.
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Salifert here also. Red Sea would be my next choice. On a budget API but I find if you corals you'll need to buy both kits or get them separately. They kinda get you there IMO.
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We haven't even gotten started yet. Not even any water in the tank, just getting info. As of right now, we don't plan on doing corals, at least for a while.
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We haven't even gotten started yet. Not even any water in the tank, just getting info. As of right now, we don't plan on doing corals, at least for a while.
Ok then IMO the API kit will be ok.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:11 PM   #6
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The API saltwater master kit?
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The API saltwater master kit?
Yup that's the one
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Great, thanks! How often should we do water changes after first getting the water and sand in the tank?
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Great, thanks! How often should we do water changes after first getting the water and sand in the tank?
I'd get into the habit of weekly water changes. Good rule of thumb.
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And testing how often?
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