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Old 06-11-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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Wink what test kit to buy?

I'm starting my tank cycle tomorrow and I would like to know what's a good test kit to buy? And if it is easy to test the water or it requires any tipe of experism?

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Old 06-11-2009, 01:05 AM   #2
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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Saltwater Liquid Master Test Kit
is a good test kit that is not that expensive
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:51 AM   #3
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Great thank you!
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I agree, it is a decent kit for FOWLR. If you are going to cycle, skip testing the pH until you are done with the cycle, since it will be all over the place...unless you just want to test it for the heck of it.
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and how often do I have to test the water after I put the shrimp in????
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I don't think you'll see anything right away. I would give it a few days then start testing for ammonia once a day. I keep my in an excel spreadsheet so I can show a graph over time which helps
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Agreed, about 4-5 days and you should see ammonia, assuming you aren't using cured LR.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:43 PM   #8
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well I just bought 22lb of live rock today, but to be honest I did not ask if it was cured.... how do I know??

here is a pic if it helps (sorry my camera Phone sux)

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...37835734-1.jpg
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Did the rock look fresh? Did you keep it damp on the trip home? Does it smell? Other then that you will have to see what the readings are in about 4-5days. Test for Ammonia levels.
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the rock looks great, and yes it smells bad, it looks fresh... the trip home is about 5 min away and they put a wet paper on top to keep it fresh
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