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Old 10-12-2013, 12:53 AM   #11
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Hi Fishie,

It all depends on how much money you want to spend. A test kit will run you $30.00, the fish I mentioned will run you $12.00.

Wouldn't hurt to buy a test kit, but personally, I would rather get the savings to buy the busted leg on the dog couch.

...but don't get me wrong, it probably is a good thing to be a water chemical expert.
No savings at all since you forgot to factor in the cost of replacement fish that will be likely be needed since water parameters aren't ever known. Sorry, but a test kit is a must have for every aquarium owner, especially new ones that have said they are trying to do things right. You don't have to be a "water chemical expert" to understand your tank's parameters, just responsible.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:26 AM   #12
 
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I have that book! It's propping up the busted leg on the dog couch in the basement.
that made me laugh..
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:33 AM   #13
 
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test kits...
i have one...the API master liquid one...and honestly it's worth every penny,
as looking at water.....well it looks....like water....but you don't know what's
going on in there,and it can help stop a disaster before it strikes.
i'm cycling mine at the moment ,and without my test kit,i wouldn't know where i am.
i didn't have one when i first started out..and my goodness i lost a lot of fish
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:13 AM   #14
 
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Wouldn't hurt to buy a test kit, but personally, I would rather get the savings to buy the busted leg on the dog couch.

...but don't get me wrong, it probably is a good thing to be a water chemical expert.
Really?
Do you cycle your tank(s) do you know about the nitrogen cycle? Or would you recommend this person wanting to know how properly start a tank to guess at whats going on with their water? a test kit for 1 tank lasts a long time and is valuable to keeping fish alive as you know your water is safe and is proper for what type of fish or if in early stages of the tank if it's in dire need of a WC.

Thats ignoring all the knowledge and research gained in the last 20-40 yrs of fish keeping. To each their own -_-
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:31 AM   #15
 
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Hi Fishie,


Wouldn't hurt to buy a test kit, but personally, I would rather get the savings to buy the busted leg on the dog couch.
Dogs said forget the couch, spend the cash on treats.

It may be $12 in fish now, could be more expensive stocking later. On the cheap, find a shop that does the tests for free or a minimal charge, and write down the numbers. While the test kits are good to have for measuring trends as long as you do a bit of record keeping they aren't close to laboratory grade. You can get the ammonia test for $5 online, probably costs a buck to make, so it's real similar in quality to a kid's chemistry set.

If ever in doubt change water, and double dose with a good water conditioner such as Seachem Prime or Tetra Aquasafe. I get water delivered to my tap for $7 per 1000 gallons, cheap & easy prevention for a multitude of issues.
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Old 10-13-2013, 04:47 PM   #16
 
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I have some fishkeeping books that my mom dug up from the 70's - some of the things I read in there dropped my jaw!

It's true that this hobby can be as easy or as difficult as you choose to make it. You don't have to be a scientist to play with water tests - I actually think it's fun! ^_^ Like you said, FishieLuver - neat stuff!

Personally, I'd recommend that anyone entering the hobby with an intent to do it right should go ahead and get a kit, too. By coming to a better understanding of the water, you'll be able to come to a more complete understanding of the animals you keep and their needs. I don't think anyone can deny that's a good thing!

This is fantastic advice advice for anyone:

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If ever in doubt change water, and double dose with a good water conditioner such as Seachem Prime or Tetra Aquasafe.
And then, when the fish are safe, I'd do some tests on the water I pulled from the tank in the hopes of understanding what the problem was - so I could prevent it the next time!

Another good thing to know about your water before getting fish is if you have hard or soft water. Not all water is created equal - and to a fish? It is THE most important thing!
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #17
 
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Sry, 2 males, sometimes they don't watch their language, foul little creatures.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:12 PM   #18
 
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I'm thinking this topic might be better continued in our Advanced Discussions area?
I think the OP has gotten a lot of good information to get that tank started with. . .

Easeltine, do you mind if I move this post into it's own thread? I would like to hear how this conversation continues!

(minus puppies, MOAR fish! ^.^ )


Pick up this part of the conversation here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/advanced-freshwater-discussion/keeping-tanks-then-now-284953/

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Old 10-13-2013, 09:28 PM   #19
 
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Thanks for all the input! I'm a little over whelmed with the testing, I'm not quite sure I understand.. I don't even know where to start to ask questions.

As far as fish go though I like the idea of a community tank. If I get a small catfish and some tetras could I also get platys or is that overstocking?
Back on topic, guys!
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:07 PM   #20
 
Personally, I recommend Odessa Barbs. You could do 3 barbs, 3 small tetras/rasboras and a single bottom dwelling fish.
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