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What are the important parameters to test, both during cycling and on going? Temp, SG, ph, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, ...? Also, are the electronic ph meters accurate?

 

Thanks,

Darrell

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It's good to always be aware of temp. A bad heater is an easy way to lose stuff.

You need to check for S.G. from time to time and while doing water changes.

While cycling and diagnosing problems you should test ammonia and nitrite.

You should check nitrate from time to time and figure out what needs to be done to keep it low.

Alk and Cal are big ones to test regularly, and figure out how to keep them where you like them.

pH should fall in line if alk and cal are good, same with mag. But if you add CO2, you need to know pH all the time.

Anything else, if you add it, you should test for it.

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test for everything that you stated, plus ca, alk, and po4. Test all of these around once a week or every other week, and test for iodine, and magnesium on a monthly basis. Thats what i do and it works for me

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I check SG about once a week (refractometer). I track pH with my Aquacontroller. I also watch my alk; since I maintain my Ca and alk with kalkwasser, if alk is ok it's a safe assumption that Ca is ok too. I do check my Ca about once a month, just to be sure. Nitrates every couple of weeks normally, I'm testing more now since I'm carbon-dosing.

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I test about once a week or so.

- calcium

- Nitrate / nitrite

- phosphates

- Ammonia

- PH

- Kh

- SG

- Magnesium

That is all I can remember off the top of my head!

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thats a matter of opinion :D but i strive for

Nitrite 0

Ammonia 0

Nitrate .5 (range of 0ppm-15ppm for sps 0ppm-30ppm for lps and softies)

Phosphate 0

PH 8.3 (range 7.9-8.4)

Salinity 35ppt (range 30ppt-36ppt)

Alkalinity 10 (range 8-12)

Calcium 420 (range 400-450)

 

Those are the basics, magnesium and iodine are still somewhat up for discussion......

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Nitrite 0

Ammonia 0

Phosphate 0

Nitrate .5 or less but not deadly if over so not biggest deal

PH 8.2, give or take .1, reverse daylight photoperiod helps

Salinity in S.G. 1.025

Alkalinity 8-12

Calcium 400-450

 

Stability is best, find what works and keep it the same.

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