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any idea which are the better test kits to buy, many diff. brands to choose,recommendations??
 
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do not go for red sea!!!!

go for the tropic marine testkits and if you want to test acurate for phos, go for the deltec phos test kit.
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Agree with the red sea comments... :(

Seachem and Lamotte.

Remember to check the expiry date on any test kit though.
 
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what about the TETRA range, local pet store recommended. i`m currently using hagen. pH TEST very difficult to see colour diff. against the chart.
 

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Tetra and hagen are pretty rubbish for saltwater.
 
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its amazing how much sh.. some of the pet stores tell you.​
 
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got the Tropic marin pH kit and the sera nitrite and amonia kits today. any advise on a descent[good but reasonably priced one] canister filter.
 

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how often should one test each paramater ?
Depends how much it varies really. At the beginning everyone tests quite a bit but once it stable you should be able to get away with testing less (and also become lazy etc). Salinity you should test whenever you do a water change (or more often). pH would really be best to have a continuous monitor. Ca/Alk you should test as often as you need to establish a dosing regime that meets demand, and then test every now and then because it will fluctuate.



Rax123 what on earth are you planning on doing with a canister filter near a reef tank?
 
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i`m going fish only, i don`t have a sump set-up. the tank comes with its own built in filter[pet store recons it more than enough], i`ve got a hang on protein skimmer, power headsx2; thought i might need more mechanical filtration with increase in number of fish.by the way there are some canisters that have uv sterilizers built-in, thought that might be helpful since no sump. i`ve heard canisters in saltwater aquariums are debatable, can`t understand why????
 

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how often should one test each paramater ?
Hi SIngularity -

In the beginning of your setup - I would say, every 3rd or 4th day or so - just to check/confirm that your ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels are indeed going down.

Later on - just once a week would be/should be ok.
 
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my ph seems to keep rising, any suggestions ?
When you say rising, from what to what ?

Most tanks have the problem with pH dropping IE: water becomes more acidic from NH3 and nitrites etc.

There is not any livestock waste that I know that is Alkaline and in turn will increase the pH.

I aim for a pH of 8.3 and keep it constant.
 

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