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  1. General Reef Discussion
    hey guys i just want to get some input on what you or most reefers test for in there water. I already understand testing your salinity is very important for success along with ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH. I will be starting to stock my nano tank soon with just a few fish but mostly corals...
  2. Reefing Equipment
    So, in preparation for a couple big steps into the hobby I would like to get others opinion on digital water parameter testers, for monitoring PH, Mg, K, NO3, NO4 levels, etc, etc. I am preparing to begin dabbling in live corals and tend to be a bit...lets say OCD. Taking cost out of the...
  3. Reefing Equipment
    Is there an "all-in-one" digital tester/monitor out there? Like something that is automatically constantly monitoring the water and displaying readings? That would be awesome
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Hi All, Size: 37 Gallon Substrate: 3 inches of live sand 45 lbs of live rock from LiveAquaria Running Cannister filter only with foam & cermaic rings Just thought I'd post my day 8 test results: First results from day 6: Temp: 81 pH: 7.5 Ammonia: 8.0+ Off the chart Nitrite: 5 ppm Nitrate...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I have just tested the water in my established reef aquarium and didn't get past testing for Nitrates. I have had consistently good water quality for the last year in my mixed LPS/SPS reef, the last test a few days ago showing no Ammonia/Nitrites/Nitrates. However I have just tested and got a...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I am new to a saltwater tank setup. I have been reading online but i cant really find what i am looking for. I have new tank setup. Its a 60 gallon tank. My brother in law had a salt water tank that he wanted to break down and go fresh water for his daughter to care for. So he brought all his...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, we currently have a 100 litre tank. It has been running for 5 weeks and 3 days. It has had a 10% water change and filter clean, I also test the water every week. At the moment I have two baby clown fish (alive and well) had them two weeks. I have two cleaner shrimp and one sand sifter...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    We tested the water in the 5 gal Hospital Tank today. It is a bare bottom tank with 2 small clownfish and 2 small firefish. After a water change yesterday the water parameters are below. pH-8.0 NH3-.5 NO2-0 NO3-0 Ca-240 KH- 179 PO4-.25 I know the Ammonia is high. Any tips as to why it is high...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    My son has a 30gal SW aquarium that has been established since early March. His fish keep dying though he feeds them. We are out of test strips and I am off to buy some more. He currently has 2 clowns and 2 firefish in a 5 gallon hospital tank that are dying. Do you have any recommendations for...
  10. Nano Reefs
    I have a concern, and it may be nothing at all. I just did a water change yesterday and did all my waster testing today. Everything is good...too good. Usually my phosphates are 0, my dkh is 10-11, my calcium is in the 420-480 range, 0 amonia and my nitrates hover between 5-15 ppm (15 ppm being...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I've been testing my water once or twice a week for about a month now. My ammonia and nitrates have gone down to 0, but my nitrites has been stuck at .25ppm for about a week and a half now. Do i just need to give it more time, or is this low enough to start adding fish?
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Aas Title States Does Any One Use A Electronic Meter Or Know One To Recommed As I Hate Using The Color Changing Test Kits
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I was testing the water parameters yesterday and had a thought. Maybe I'm just slow and missed this from the beginning. I had always dipped my test tubes right into the tank, tested, rinsed and stored. I started to think the possibility of the testing chemicals getting back in to my tank was...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Ok i have a Red Sea marine lab test kit and it seemed to work well only a couple months old then last week my nitrates tested high checked for anything that had died like hermit crabs or snails all there so did a big water change then it dropped the nitrate down to like 50 from 100 then waited a...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    hi all im andy from the uk im new into saltwater and been doing this since feb 2011 tank is 117 litres with live rock and doing pretty good. question i like to ask when is the best time to do water testing couple of days before water change or day after normally i ive been doing day after...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I just tested the water this morning and my results show.. PH 8.0 Ammon. 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 20ppm KH 9 phos. .5 Cal. 760!!! I buy saltwater from the lfs since I still need to get a RO system, I found this other place that had water straight from the ocean over here from Catalina Island...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I Wanted to ask some of you how often some may check parameters. Thanks all want to set-up a routine. :read:
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hi guys, Im in the stage where all of my readings are good and nitrate levels are at 20. Ive been doing 10% water changes once a week for a couple of months and so far there has been no change in nitrate levels. How long does it take for the levels to start reducing? Should i be doing more...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Please help. I read that everyone test for different things in their reef tanks. I was told by the LFS that you need to test for Calcium, potassium, nitrites, salinity and PH. Is there anything else I could be testing for?
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Hi guys, I was wondering if there are any recommendations as to what brands/products I should be using for testing the water... I'm not happy with the ones I'm using now as the colour changes are so weak it makes it really difficult to get any sort of accurate reading! I'm currently using Red...
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