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Old 05-16-2006, 09:49 PM   #11
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how often should you test for all these-weekly, biweekly, monthly or when livestock start croaking?
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:10 PM   #12
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U should test the water often if ur tank is newly set up to see if the chemistry is stable. After awhile, u can test less often to check if everything is going fine. That is totally up to u. As for additive tests, test before u dose anything. Also, if u see ur livestocks start acting abnormal, test the water to see if the water is the cause. HTH
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thanks- where should your levels be for a tank my size?
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:31 PM   #14
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All levels should be the same for all sizes of tank:

NH3: 0
NO2: 0
NO3: 0 - 20 (the lower the better)
Ca: 350 - 500
SG: 1.019 - 1.027 (1.025 is optimal for a reef tank. lower SG is better for fish only tank)
PO4: this doesn't hurt anything but the lower the better. Higher levels will encourage unwanted algae growth. I would say keep it from 0 - .5 is great

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sg is salinity and best measured with a refractometer right?
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Refracto still on sale:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113074

Salinity is the amount of salt to water....SG is specific gravity, I think they have a direct relation.
Some one more chemically inclined might chime in and explain it better.
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how do you lower all those listed?
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