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Old 04-02-2021, 09:01 AM   #1
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Testing tank parameters

So I have a detailed question. We all know that doing a water change will change the water parameters, thatís why we do water changes, to get rid of bad stuff like waste, ammonia, nitrates. So if I want to test water parameters on the same day that Iím doing a water change should I test the water parameters before or after the water change?
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If you are seeing ammonia during your day to day tank maintenance that you need to remove by water changes, that would be a concern as you arent cycled and you should be looking into the cause. Are you overstocked perhaps?

I would be doing water tests before a water change. Its more likely you will detect issues before than afterwards. These water tests arent that accurate, and lowering the parameters through a water change before a test might give you a false sense of security.
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If you are seeing ammonia during your day to day tank maintenance that you need to remove by water changes, that would be a concern as you arent cycled and you should be looking into the cause. Are you overstocked perhaps?

I would be doing water tests before a water change. Its more likely you will detect issues before than afterwards. These water tests arent that accurate, and lowering the parameters through a water change before a test might give you a false sense of security.


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I'm more interested in my levels when I'm done with the water change. It will let you know if you need to do another, maybe a larger one next week, feed more, feed less...
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I’m more comfortable in testing prior to water changes.
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