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    Hello! My dad, Berggy (a frequent poster on this website), had a completely unexpected, sudden heart attack last week and died within the hour. He was only 46. I am his 20 year old daughter and I am trying to keep his salt water tank running (and I have to be able to teach my mom and 17 year...
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    Years ago, there were just three things we measured; temperature, salinity and pH. If you used copper, which we all probably did at that time, a copper test kit, was also a must. Now, Ive got test kits for pH, ammonia, nitrate, phosphate, alkalinity, silicates, iodine, calcium, strontium and...
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    Will feeding before testing water effect my Nitrate Level? I feed the fish some frozen food and then tested shortly after and my Nitrates were up to 10 for the first time. PH 8.1, Ammon 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 10. Tank is 2mo old. I also put 3-4ml of Live Phyto-Feast to feed my flame scallop...
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    Sorry if this question has been asked before.. But heres the situation: Im starting my first SW 20 gal tank. I already added 20lbs of live sand and 21lbs of live rock about 2 days ago to start the cycling process. I havent tested the water yet because I am not sure which tests I have to run...
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    i just started dosing vodka 2 nights ago and was wondering what and how often i should test my water.
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    Ok, another dumb question for those experts out there. My aquarium guy comes once a week and tops off my sump with rodi and never tests for anything he just looks at it and says everything is coming along fine. I would like to learn and eventually do away with him conpletely as i have my own...
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    Your Phosphate Is Suppose To Read 0.0 Ppm But What Is To High???? Whats Also The Low On Mag. And Calcium???
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    So this might stir up a conversation What I do is check my water every 3 days with a dip stick and then on sundays when I do my big cleaning I do it with an independent test kit. So early last week I did my dip stick check and the nitrate showed an ever so slight reaction. I did a test with...
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    Hey All - How offen to you all check your water parameters? My tank is 3 years old (72G bowfront) and is pretty well established. For the first 18 months I checked my paramaters every week or so. But, to be completely honest, i have not checked the nitrates, nitrites, PH, or salinity etc...
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