How often do you test your Parameters

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  1. mytank

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    So I have been doing tests every day and they seem pretty stable (had a Phosphate issue I had to sort out but nothing a big water change and some Phosphate reactor couldn't sort out).

    My main question is how often do you guys test:

    1. Everyday till you think its stable
    2. Only when I see things go wrong
    3. Test what?

    Also right now I am testing:

    Ph
    Amonia
    N03
    N02
    Phosphate


    But I see people testing for things like Cal, Mag Strodium etc etc

    So some guidance here do you go out and buy every test in the world - would be nice if there was a machine for this :)
     
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  3. Tony Ingram

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    How long has your tank been running?
     
  4. mytank

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  5. Tony Ingram

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    ok so what is your

    Ph=?
    Amonia=?
    N03=?
    N02=?
    Phosphate=?
     
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    Using the Salifret test kits

    PH = 8.0
    Amonnia = < 0.25 (so the lowest on the color chart)
    N03 = 2
    N02 = 0.1
    Phosphate = 0.03
     
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    BTW I am dosing Prodibia Start Up every 7 days
     
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    In the beginning, every week before my water change. So I know the worst case scenario.

    Now, once in a blue moon. Yeah I know, it will bite me. One day I will get an algae outbreak because the phosphate levels slowly increased on me over time. I have to do it at least monthly. Yeah, is this a perfect world? Just don't you be as lazy as I am.

    The older your setup, the more you know the signs what to look at. I got a bit of algae in my sump. If that grows, then I got problems. At the moment its dying back.

    But, small tanks, your weekly check is CRITICAL. One dead snail and out they go.
    Big tanks, one dead snail goes unnoticed.
     
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    Test my stuff once a week
     
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    I test pH, Alk, Calc, Mg once a week, and write it down. Dosing Alk via topup, Calc and Mg every day. So every weekend I fine-tune my coming weeks dosage and Alk in my topup (90l, empty by the end of the week). Everythings drifts slowly on a weekly basis, but not enough to casue damage.
     
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    Interesting info!!!!

    Yeah I am testing to try and get the jist of my tank right now I have a HUGE Algae bloom and some diatoms too......

    What additional items should I be testing for normal fish (clowns chromis six stripe) and softies (Zoas, Froggie, GSP, Bubble)
     
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    firstly, if the zoas are very bright, you ship them off to me, as they easily hurt one's eye when looking directly at them :)

    if you have a settled DSB, enough LR and some macro algae, it should take care of most of your filtering needs
     
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    Hahah no you cant have them - You can get a frag :) - Ton's of LR (to much maybe)
     
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    i ONLY TEST ALK AND CA EVERY WEEK , THAT IS WHATMY TANK USES. THE REST IS ALWYS THE SAME. AS LONG AS I DO WATER CHANGES EXT.
     
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    Salinity every 2 weeks when I do a water change & temp every day...
     
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