new to water testing, on an established tank.

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by SourGummy, Aug 8, 2012.

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  1. SourGummy

    SourGummy Astrea Snail

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    Have my 30g tank for almost a year, LPS and BTA are both growing nicely, but the 2 SPS that I have aren't really taking off, so I am looking to start dosing. What test should I do on my water? I know alk and calc are a must, do I need to do nitrate as well? I do WC every 3-4 weeks and only have 3 fish.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cal/Alk and Magnesium.

    Magnesium is actually very important, it will tell you a lot about why your Ca and Alk levels are where they are at.

    I would occasionally test for nitrates when you see browning of corals and algae growth.

    Of course if you see stress to corals and fish test for ammonia and nitrites.
     
  4. SourGummy

    SourGummy Astrea Snail

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    guess i will just get those 3 tests for now to keep the initial cost down, thanks
     
  5. FatBastad

    FatBastad Zoanthid

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    well, you really should have at a nitrate kit too.