Test Equipment

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  1. Riddi

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    Hi All

    I am a newbie and would like to know what is the recomended test kits and equipment are for stating and running a FOWLR

    The test kits should be of reasonable cost though as we are all not as fortunate ;)

    Maybe categorized by Value/accuracy out of 10 personal experience would be helpfull as wel.

    Currently looking at a PH pen and ammonia test kit
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Riddi,
    for a fowlr ammonia and nitrite test kits are the needed ones, a ph pen is a good buy too.

    those are the basics for fish, you might want a nitrate test kit if the algae goes out of control

    i use elos, seachem and salifert kits
     
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    Thanks Dallas , been looking at the Tropic marin test set to start off with and Tropic marin hydrometer.
    Any recommended PH pens or are all made equal??
     
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    Cant be all that unfortunate if you wanting a ph pen....:razz:

    If you planning to spen about 4/5 hundred bucks then why not get a basic all in one test kit that will do common test for you ... As it is each kit will set you back over R100 ... Just a word of warning though ... Plz check expiry dates as some kits look like they cheaper only because they are almost expiring ... Sometimes an oversite on the shops part and sometime intentionally sold cheap coz they almost expiring!
     
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    thats cool, get what fits your budget
     
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    I'm really not a fan of the tropic marine test kits as they are expensive and really hard to use. ELOS is the cheapest and easiest to use. I haven't tested ammonia or nitrites in my tank since I started stocking them. I would rather get your ammonia and nitrites tested at the pet shop, as you will only need to test them whilst the tank is cycling. The tests kits I would buy for a fish only system would be phosphates and nitrates.
     
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    Thanks ChiKa
    hence not as fortunate as others .....
    Will try an get a multi test kit from one of the sponsers (sure they would not sell me expired stuff........):whistling:

    Thanks this seems like a viable solution as my tank will start cycling on the weekend:thumbup:
     
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    i agree with manic, no need for test kits really, except hydrometer and ph.

    rather get a lfs to test every weekend while cycling, and once every fortnight when u start stocking
     
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    I might get slated for this but I only ever test KH and salinity in my tank. I recently got a pH pen, so I check that as well. This is for a heavily stocked sps system.

    The reason for not testing all the time is that whenever I test my parameters are all perfect. I do dose calcium and KH every day but I have this perfect so the parameters never change.
     
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    I would'nt be too sure of that .... I bought expired test kits from a sponsor but only realized after 3 months ... Almost a grand down the drain! ... Just be carefull .... Sometimes the LFS is honest and tells you its about to expire and you must use it quickly hence the price reduction....
     
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    Will definitely make sure its not close to expiry when I finally purchase a kit.

    Shot for the heads up (never knew the kits had expiry dates)
     
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