My water test results

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  1. jaybo32

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    Hey guys

    can u assist with my water tests

    Again for those that dont know, I am a complete newbie and have NO IDEA how to run a marine tank. This is a tank that I have inherited 2nd hand from family.

    The livestock, filters, fans, blowers, protein skimmer and thermometer all came with the tank

    so did all the test kits, which iam using now to test the water.

    the water was the original water from the tank, we just emptied it into containers and re-poured it back in.

    the tank is also full of live rock, i can show pics if required.

    Here are my test results based on the kits that came with the Tank.

    Tropic Marin KH Alkalinity Test: 5dkh

    Tetra Test NO-2 NITRITE: yellow, <0.3mg/l

    Tetra Test NO-3 NITRATE: quite red about 50mg/l

    Tetra Test NH3/NH+4 Total Ammonia: pale green, 0mg/l

    Tetra Test pH: 7.9

    Salifert PO4 Profi Test Phosphate: about 0.15ppm
    or 0.06 ppm phosphate-phosphor


    Are there any other test I need to perform?
    What if the kit is out of date? how will i know?
    How can I change a particular setting, how do I decrease/Increase it?


    thanks for all the help
     
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    kh is too low should be 8-10 kh , ph is better at 8-8.2 , so i would buffer that water and perhaps with such high nitrate a 25% water change with new freshly made salt water is due

    Those Tests kits are fine make sure they havent expired though
    Ph is best between 8-8.3
    kh 7-10
    No3 less than 10mg/l is good
    No2 should be 0
    nh4 should be 0
    Po4 is more important in a reef tank and should be kept below 0.10 if possible
    Calcium and magnesium if you have hard corals should be tested and should be for Ca-400-450ppm Mg 1250-1350
    Salinity if Fish only should be 1.020-1.022 IF corals and invertebrates are present it should be 1.023-1.026 - i would get a good refractometer to test this

    good luck and read all you can about keeping Marines
     
  5. jaybo32

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    I have no idea if they are reef or corals or not as im completely new to this

    here are a few pics if this helps to identify them

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    I only have 5 fish and a shrimp type thing
     
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