What to test for and why?

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  1. Jaak

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    Can we not create a sticky in the water parameters forum called something like "What to test for and why" and in this sticky have all parameters that need to be tested for and why described in a simple and easy to understand format?

    Example:

    Alkalinity:
    Alkalinity (dKH) should be maintained close to or just above NSW levels (7dKH) Aiming for 8 to 10dKH gives you a bit of a buffer zone.
    If Alkalinity levels are low then pH levels can fluctuate, stony corals will stop growing, as will calcareous algaeā€™s like coralline.
    To increase Alkalinity levels, dissolve a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of RO water and drip into the tank. Test daily and continue this process until you have reached the desired level.
    To decrease Alkalinity levels, this will drop on its own if you are not adding any additives and your fresh salt mixes are lower in Alkalinity than your current aquarium level. You need to test a fresh salt mix to establish the Alkalinity level, if it is high, then consider changing salt brand or stop water changes until the Alkalinity level in aquarium has dropped to the desired level.
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Nice idea

    Why don't you put it together in another thread with input from members, then post a final thread for stickiness
     
  4. FransSny

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    cool idea...

    would be nice if we could also explain the interactive effects ie raising Ca will lower Alk etc etc
     
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    Excellent idea. Go for it.
     
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    Great idea. Also do not forget to mention when to test and the effect of testing at night and during the day. Temp as well.
     
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    Great idea!

    Another idea would be disease and medication/treatment, or is there already a place for that here that I have missed?
     
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    You guys can start posting the water parameters here, and i'll take it from here once we completed.
     
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    Excellent jaak
     
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    Jaak

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    That's the whole idea frans!:thumbup:
     
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    Jaak

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    Ok, now we just need as much input as possible to make this work. Thanks guys...
     
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    AWESOME info, Jaak! Many thanks man! Much appreciated!
     
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    Jaak

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    Mekaeel, have you started the sticky yet?
     
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    Just thought would bump this as find it very useful every now and then
     
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