Ideal water parameters

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  1. Randywizard

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    Hi guys,
    as you all may know looking for specific data on the internet and not being an expert in the field is more problematic than starting a tank in the first place...

    I am busy cycling my first marine tank and have been performing the tests with a RSM pro kit but I am not 100% certain on what numbers i should be aiming to achieve. Obviously my tank has no inhabitants barring the LR and i wont put any in until the numbers are right in any event.

    Sofar i am testing and monitoring the;

    Temprature (ideal I have heard is 24-27 degrees C)
    PH (ideal I am told is 8.0-8.5)
    KH
    Ammonia (ideal I believe is 0)
    Nitrate
    Nitrite

    I buy already salted water but should i be testing it's salinity or the water gravity too?

    Any suggestions on what these values should be? :blush:
     
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    Howsit,

    Heres a guide ive been working on, please note that this is the levels I aim for based on informtion I have digested from fellow reefers. I have never given this to any reefer to check to date so posting here might enable some to pick out some of my mistakes. Ive printed and laminated for my use. Hope it helps.
     

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    Perfect now I can incorporate the above to my table also.
     
  6. 3dd

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    Hi, if you have a look at the red sea coral growth program, you'll see they have higher levels for most of the parameters in your doc.

    The growth program is on the high end of the scale though, check this link
     
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    Here is something that would help you get your parameters in check.
    Its a monitoring spreadsheet that I compiled over a couple months to monitor & keep log of all your parameters, & automatically tells you whey they are high / low by highlighting red / yellow / green.

    On the bottom of the sheet, it will give you your averages of the readings you put in.

    Here's the link.
    Complete Marine Tank monitor spreadsheet - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    You can simply delete the "demo data" I have put in, & start using it.
    You can also add additional "addative columns" to fit your requirements.
     
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