how often do you test

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by rusty, Nov 17, 2015.

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  1. rusty

    rusty Astrea Snail

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    Hey reefers
    Was just wondering how often you test a week and what for
    Rusty.
     
  2. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Once weekly. Same time every Thursday.
    Monitor temp, alk, cal, nitrate, pH. Salifert test kits.
     
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  4. Hamilton Tech

    Hamilton Tech 3reef Sponsor

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    Once a week. Nitrates, Phosphates, Ca.
     
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  5. Vu Nguyen

    Vu Nguyen Flamingo Tongue

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    I used to test alk every Saturday morning. After doing weekly water change, not much change as I cut down on the sps. Many experienced reefers told me keep the alk in check and all the other parameters will follow nicely.
     
  6. April Hope

    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    Once a week with my water changes. Every Saturday. Phos, ca, alk, nitrates and ammonia. PH. Not sure why those, that's just what I've always done.
     
  7. Paul B

    Paul B Astrea Snail

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    Every November.
     
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  8. April Hope

    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    Lol, that's funny.
     
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  10. mlott132

    mlott132 Fire Worm

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    Try to do it once a week.
     
  11. Todd_Sails

    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    As often as I need to.
    For instance, now that Im running my 3 headed dosing pump, I'm testing a little more until I get it 'dialed in'
    To do that, I"m testing some things every 3 days, some every week.

    However, usually when things are well- they usually are- I test about every month- sometines longer.
    I have about a 320g of actual water system- so swings aren't as quick, etc.
    If you're not seeing 'swings', why test often? If it ain't broke.....
     
  12. Piano10

    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    My numbers have been consistent so once every few weeks.
    When I have a concern or issue 1x a week or more.
     
  13. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Once a week since my tank is dialed in. I test magnesium, calcium, alkalinity and phosphate. I don't bother with ph, ammonia or nitrate since my tank is mature. If your tank is new then I'd suggest testing more frequently.