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Old 06-25-2011, 06:27 PM   #11
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On a new setup, I check ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, temp, KH, and GH pretty regularly. Once it is full of plants, I will check several times after the first few doses to make sure I am getting the Fe and PO4 doses correct, and adjust accordingly.

Once the ferts are on track and the tank is established, I don't really test for anything (except continuously checking CO2 using a drop checker, and a PO4 test once every 6 weeks or so) unless I think something is wrong.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:28 AM   #13
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I just do 15-20% water change once a week and test it then. There are some times though when I don't use the test kit at all. If you do regular water changes, a test kit is not necessary.

It does however come in handy when something does go wrong and you need to look for the test kit for confirmation. I pretty much know what my water parameters are going to be each week so testing is redundant. Water change fixes most things.
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I just do 15-20% water change once a week and test it then. There are some times though when I don't use the test kit at all. If you do regular water changes, a test kit is not necessary.
I disagree with that statement, especially for a beginner fishkeeper. PWCs will help with nutrient export, but a test kit is a very important part of responsible fish keeping.
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My tank is cycled and I test water every two weeks or so. I think its just a habit.
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I just do 15-20% water change once a week and test it then. There are some times though when I don't use the test kit at all. If you do regular water changes, a test kit is not necessary.

It does however come in handy when something does go wrong and you need to look for the test kit for confirmation. I pretty much know what my water parameters are going to be each week so testing is redundant. Water change fixes most things.
Maybe Plecoking means that when a normal pwc happens, there could be confidence in not bothering with a check??

I wouldn't have that confidence, but then I am a "newbie"
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I agree that with time and experience comes a little more of a "feeling" when everything is going fine. I would suggest anyone new to the hobby test their tank a least a few times a month, and almost daily when cycling.
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I test once a week before my water change. I test ammo nitrites and nitrates. I look at the temp everyday and I fo a head count in my tanks everyday.
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So are you claiming that ammonia and nitrite are not harmful to fish then? If not then I certainly don't see how putting a fish through harm is more humane than not?

Just curious as to whether you really believe that or you're just trying to get a response.
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I check temp everyday and do a daily head count. I rarely test anything else unless something is wrong or I'm expecting a mini-cycle. Occasionally test nitrate just to make sure I'm keeping up with the necessary water changes.
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