What tests do I need?

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  1. lexdiamond20

    lexdiamond20 Astrea Snail

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    Ok, so my tanks been up for a little lass than a year. A few months ago I brought my first frag and became hooked. Fast forward to last night and I have my eigth piece in a 30 gal tank. My question now is what tests do I need, if any, to have these guys flourish. They all seem to be doing fine and none have died except for an incident with some nudibranches. Other than that theyre all extremely responsive as in they begin to spring to life even when the room light is on and even grab food when i spot feed. But, ive read here and on other sites people say some of their corals grow like weeds. Im thinking now i need to do testing and supplement with calcium, alk or whateve you guys suggest. Any suggestions in test kits or should I keep my setup how it is without any supplements?

    BTW, I have 1 gsp, 4 different zoas, 1 button, 1 mushroom and as of last night 1 pulsing xenia. See below for other specs.
     
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  3. slocal

    slocal Torch Coral

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    I test for calcium, magnesium, strontium and carbonate hardnes, salinity, PH, nitrate, nitrite and ammonia.
     
  4. Dasco

    Dasco Vagabond Butterfly

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    +1 yep
     
  5. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, calcium, alkalinity and magnesium are a good place to start.

    Good luck. :)
     
  6. lexdiamond20

    lexdiamond20 Astrea Snail

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    Already test for nitrate, nitrite, ammonia and phos. Guess I just need calcium, mag and alk. Do I really need calcium with these types of corals? Thought that was needed for hards.
     
  7. reefer Bob

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    rocks need calcium to. w/o it the rocks will get brittle and fall apart. Calcium is a major chem in everything in this world. But water changes will give you what you need at least.
     
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  9. Stingray

    Stingray Blue Ringed Angel

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    +1 on the water changes, the coraline algae and soft corals should get all they need from water changes and light...
     
  10. lexdiamond20

    lexdiamond20 Astrea Snail

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    Thats what I wa thinking about water changes. I top off about a gallon a day.
     
  11. lexdiamond20

    lexdiamond20 Astrea Snail

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    Thank you. Almost wasted money on a calcium test kit last night. Coraline is forming in the tank at a steady rate. Im assuming thats a good sign of calcium.
     
  12. ReefSparky

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    ???

    I've not heard that before.