Alkalinity (dKH)

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  1. Meneer

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    Should I get a Alkalinity (dKH) test kit, or should I just use a buffer?
     
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    test first!!
     
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    Better to test before dosing.. and aim for around 8dkh
     
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    Ideally you should be testing for ALK, Ca and Mg as the three are closely related and a shortage of one can affect the others.
     
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    test,test and test some more
     
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    Sweet...

    So, besides the obvious:
    pH
    Ammonia
    Nitrite
    Nitrate

    ... to start out a marine tank i need these test kits.

    Calcium
    Alkalinity
    Magnesium
    Phosphates
    Iodine
    Strontium
    Potassium
    Iron
    Silica

    I would only need buffers if one of these parameters are incorrect?
     
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    You can get away with the KH test...the others for later when you want to start dosing...or keeping certain corals etc.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I would get the following

    You can get away with a KH test but when you can't figure out why you cant raise the KH after doseing like mad.... you can try test the Mg and Ca and you will find your answer:whistling:.
     
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