Originally Posted by Sniperhank
A simple API Master kit will do everything you could want to do in this hobby until you start getting into the more advanced concepts, like dosing, heavily stocked tanks...so on. It is all easy to do with patience and understanding. There is almost no difference between salt and freshwater when it comes to the basics and proper husbandry.
Thatís more or less what Iíve been told. But even though Iíve been keeping freshwater for 6ish years now Iíve never used test kits, or kept an eye on water parameters other than temps and treating the water during water changes. Plus the least hardy fish Iíve ever kept successfully is a smaller variety of rainbows. I hardly ever use medication despite all tanks Iíve ever had being over stocked (habit I picked up from keeping African cichlids), and medication is really only used if Iíve run out of Epsom salt or water changes arenít working.
I spend fair amounts of time watching my fish, so if thereís an issue I generally see it coming and can resolve it with 1. Less feeding 2. More cleaning 3. Rearranging the decor to change the territory lines inside the tank.
Not too sure I can go about a small saltwater tank in the same fashion. Thereís less room for error in a small tank.
Iím wanting to get a freshwater master kit sometime soon for giggles. So, hopefully Iíll get some practice being a little more tedious with water parameters before Iíve got the guts to spend the money on the saltwater side of the hobby? Itíll give me some extra time to learn as well, so when Iím ready Iíll know what Iím wanting tank size/stocking wise