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Old 08-27-2003, 03:16 PM   #1
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What should I test for?

I'm going to have a 75 gallon FOWLR, about 80 lbs of base rock and about 25 lbs of live rock. What should I test for and how often? I've read around but the results vary too often.
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Old 08-27-2003, 05:45 PM   #2
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Ammonia (weekly until you know your tank)
Nitrite (weekly until you know your tank)
PH (weekly)
Nitrate (weekly)
PO4 (weekly)
CA (weekly)
Alk (weekly)
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what about while the tank is cycling?
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While the tank is cycling, I would test only for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate - these will monitor your cycle progress for you. I'd keep an eye on pH during this time, but it can be naturally low during the cycling period.

Salinity & temp are the only other things I would worry about.

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Originally Posted by reefrunner69
Ammonia (weekly until you know your tank)
Nitrite (weekly until you know your tank)
PH (weekly)
Nitrate (weekly)
PO4 (weekly)
CA (weekly)
Alk (weekly)

And everything should be zero, right? That's when I know it's done cycling? (Except Ph)
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Nope, not everything...Heres something for ya to go by!

Test
LR=Low Range Test

pH Several times a
week, if not daily. 8.0-8.4
(8.2 is a good
mid point.)

Alkalinity Several times a
week, if not daily. 2.5-3.5 meq/l

LR Ammonia
(NH
NH+4) Daily during tank
cycling; then once
every 2-3 weeks. 0.0 ppm

Nitrite
(NO) Daily during tank
cycling; then once
every 2-3 weeks. 0.0-0.01 ppm

LR Nitrate
(NO-) Once per week.
Note: If test is for
Nitrate Nitrogen
(N or NO-N), multiply reading by 4.4 to get Nitrate (NO) ionic results. An immeasurable
amount is optimal!
Less than 0.25 ppm
is strongly
recommended.

Calcium
(Ca) Once every 1-2
weeks. 400-450 ppm Ca++ Hardness 60-80 ppm

Carbonate
Hardness
(KH) Once per week. 5.35-6.45 meq/l,
or as 15-18 dKH/
(German )

Phosphate
PO4 Once per week. 0.05-0.1 ppm

Dissolved
Oxygen
(O) Once per week. 7 mg/l saturation
or higher.

Specific
Gravity
(Salinity) Weekly 1.023-1.025

Temperature Daily 75-80F (24-27C),
with 77F (25C)
being a good
midpoint.

Other Optional Reef Tank Tests

-Iodine/Iodide
-Strontium
-Silicate
-Iron Refer to individual test kit directions, and below chart
reference resources.

Note: After the tank cycles we suggest that you run ammonia
and nitrite tests every other day for a week, and anytime
after adding new fish, corals or other marine life to your tank.
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Thanks for your help, and sorry for my incredible about of NeWbIsH questions...

What is a low ranged test?

What is meq/l?

What does this mean? ---400-450 ppm Ca++ Hardness 60-80 ppm

What do you mean by hardness?

How do you test for dissolved oxygen?

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