Originally Posted by Devon6209
I have a planted tank and would like a better reading on my parameters because I keep gettin algae. I am thinking I need:
Anything else I need? And is there a kit with all of these or what I need for a decent price?
Algae grows because there are too many nutrients in the water. Specifically nitrate and phosphate. If you follow a good water change routine, by changing out half the of the water in your tank every week, give or take a day or two, your water chemistry will be stable and the algae won't be a problem.
There's another benefit to large, frequent water changes and that is you don't have to test the tank water. The reason is, the water isn't in the tank long enough for pollutants to build up before the next large change.
I change half or more of the water in my tanks every week and haven't tested it in a long time.
Just a thought, you might consider.