Saltwater Tests

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by charro, Aug 23, 2004.

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  1. charro

    charro Plankton

    Aug 22, 2004
    Am very new to this,just showing anyone my latest test,i am hoping im getting to the right levels,can anyone tell me this is about right,hope so cos its all a little complicated,and all i want is to get it right.
    Temp - 80
    Salt - 30 (1.022)
    PH - 8.2
    Ammonia - 0.25
    Nitrite - 0ppm
    Nitrate - 0ppm

    Is this all the tests i have to do,or is there more....
    Thanks again.
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  3. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

    Dec 15, 2002
    Marina del Rey, California
    Temp is good, 79 - 82 is a safe range.
    Salinity should be 35 (1.026) if you are keeping inverts aka crustaceans.
    Ph of Natural Sea Water is 8.3.
    Ammonia indicates a spike and the denitrification process is just starting.  Desired level is 0ppm as it is toxic to fish.
    Nitrite good reading, should go up as your ammonia goes down, very toxic to invertabrates.
    Nitrates are not harmful to fish, but anything over zero can lead to unwanted algae or cyanobacteria growth, the end of the denitrification process.

    These tests should be sufficient for your FOWLR.