I'm trying to get my tank back right after letting it sit for months relatively unmaintained (so to speak, but not completely). While I still have many of my plants and fish still going with few ill effects from my neglect, I do need to test my water and see what I need to make it exactly what I need. ...so my greatest question will be what test kits do I need to test for my nutrients, so I can manage the ecosystem in this box correctly for the plants vs just dosing stuff? ...or more specifically, what do I need to test for?
Currently, using those Tetra 5 in 1 test strips:
(as in "are you sure this test patch is supposed to be this color?)
Alkalinity: 80-120 range
Obviously, I'm going to be changing some water for awhile. I just need to know how to test for the parameters I will be trying to hit. I will be trying to grow some water wisteria, scarlet temple, crypts, and a variety of other plants in a community tank once I get the water straightened out. Haven't had much luck keeping the red plants red, though I have a 175 metal halide over a 30 gal
. tank (24 inches above bottom, somewhere about).