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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36043

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Ok so I have noticed that there has been very low activity on the site,well I always just like to sit back and read,well with that in mind I figured I would try to discuss and get more info for me or everyone else who like to just sit back and read,anyways was wondering what everyone likes to use for tests,and why ?and do u ever wonder if your tests may be off?thanks guys !!!
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36045

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any activity is good :)

I do not test often, but I do like to have a LFS re-test every 6 months or so.
API if you only want to get a range and are testing often that you just need to know if something is changing/moving.
Salifert and Red Sea are my preferred. Hanna would be after that.
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36046

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I use the ELOS test line for the stuff that my apex cannot monitor for me.
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36049

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Salifert for me, or Hach if you want to go lab-grade.
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36050

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I Salient for all my tests except for using Hanna for Phosphates.
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36055

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How often do you guys like to test your water?before water change after water change?
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36061

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I try to test atleast once a week. Sometimes I will do twice a week if something In the tank is looking off or unhappy
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36062

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I test weekly. I use a combination of test kits. I use API for Cal and Alk, Salifert for Mag, Hanna checker for Phos. Only test PH, Ammonia, Nitrate or Nitrite a couple times a year.
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110 gallon sump
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36064

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Thanks for the info you guys ,so when u decide to dose how do you go bout tests and setting up ?
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36067

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I set up a homemade top off tanks that hold about 10 gallons of water. I top off about 7 each day with calk and 70ml of vodka daily. I just use a teaspoon to mix in the calk. 7 teaspoons each day. I also dose in 1 teaspoon of Kent Super buffer each day. Keeps my calk at 450 and alk at 9. I also does in 7ml of lanthium (Sea Klear) each day to keep the phos down. I does this via the 40 gallon fuge tank I have set up above the sump. This is really more of a dosing tank than anything else. Was a fuge when I started, but I don't have much luck keeping algae alive in there, so now it is just for dosing. I put 10 micron filter bags on this to catch the lanthium and pump water up to it with a Mag12 pump. I just dose the lanthium into this thank where it can mix with the water in there and take the Phos out of the water. Have been doing this dosing routine for about 5 years now. Keep my nitrates at 0-.05 and my phos at .02. I like to have some Nitrate and phos to feed the corals.
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36071

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I heard a person say something bout nitrate helps color up sps. .. as for dosing I haven't quite figured it out yet so haven't started dosing.when u test water to set up dosing how do you go about this?to figure your tank needs
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Test prefrence 1 year 9 months ago #36077

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I don't have any dosing systems other than the homemade top off I use for calk and vodka. With the rest of my dosing routine, this has just been trial and error over 5 years of having the tank set up and modifying the doses until I found the dose that works for everything. Now no dosing process is full proof. You may have to make occasional minor adjustments to adjust parameters back in into what you feel are ideal for your tank, but it is part of keeping an active live growing reef whose nutrient needs can change over time.
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