What to test for

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Bandit, 31 Oct 2013.

  1. Bandit

    Bandit

    Joined:
    26 Jun 2012
    Posts:
    94
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Despatch
    Hi Guys

    I've been testing the regular stuff, but have gotten corrals lately and have only tested for calcium thus far.

    What is the important stuff I should test for and also the important supplements to buy.

    The reason I'm asking is because there is so many stuff in the shops I don't know what's really necessary.


    Thanks
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Reefhead

    Reefhead

    Joined:
    28 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    955
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Westrand
    Lets start with what corals?
     
  4. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
    Yes and then most important to test for is Alk, PO4 and NO3
     
  5. OP
    Bandit

    Bandit

    Joined:
    26 Jun 2012
    Posts:
    94
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Despatch
    I've got LPS (frogspawn and hammer corals) thats why i tested the calcium and it was at 450, and i have softies (finger coral, star polyps etc).

    My Amonia, Nitrates, nitrites, ph, calcium and silinity is perfect, thats the only things i've been testing for.
     
  6. 459b

    459b Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    10,132
    Likes Received:
    909
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Kh is important, as is magnesium
     
  7. mandarinman

    mandarinman

    Joined:
    18 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    6,377
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    capetown,durbanville
  8. pkc

    pkc

    Joined:
    17 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    632
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Brisbane-Queensland-Australia
    Many things bother corals a little or a lot, but the biggest of them all and one of the guys mentioned it by its scientific name, Phosphate, with out this not correctly accounted for you will never have luck with any corals long term!
    It disrupts the symbiotic photosynthetic algae with in their cells and that means a guaranteed slow or quick death!
    All the comments here are sound, but if you dose what is needed for growth, then that's useless it the corals are continually sick!
     
    Last edited: 1 Nov 2013
  9. OP
    Bandit

    Bandit

    Joined:
    26 Jun 2012
    Posts:
    94
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Despatch
    Thanks allot guys.
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - test Forum Date
Lab quality water tests @ discounted prices @ Pet Stop SA Sponsor Specials Friday at 14:19
[wtd] test kits-pmb Wanted 5 Apr 2017
[wtd] Test kits wanted in CT Wanted 20 Mar 2017
Cooper test kit Marine Aquatics 20 Mar 2017
Water testing assistance Water Parameters and Additives 16 Mar 2017
Latest Marines from Jakarta Aquatic Vision 9 Mar 2017
Frustration with test kits General Discussions and Advice 5 Mar 2017