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  1. Rax123

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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.
    Good luck
     
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    Ditto - What Lanzo said ...

    Alternatively - look for the Salifert range - they have been proven to be extremely accurate.

    What test kits where you planning on getting Rax?
     
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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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    how often should one test each paramater ?
     
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    its amazing how much sh.. some of the pet stores tell you.​
     
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    yip, too true dude
     
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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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    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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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    my ph seems to keep rising, any suggestions ?
     
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    What are you testing with ?

    What are you buffering your RO water with ?

    Are you dosing Kalkwasser ?
     
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    marin expert test, and not dosing at the moment, and RO water, no buffering
     
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    FO setup
     
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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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    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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    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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