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Old 10-26-2010, 01:35 PM   #1
 
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Good test kit

What is a good water test kit for a 10g tank. I've read the strips are no good but do I need to buy seperate kits for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, water hardness, etc? Is there a "starter" test kit that I can get that will test everything? And won't break the bank? Thanks!
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:47 PM   #2
 
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Also, I am going to do the prawn method for cycling my tank. After the tank has cycled and I have removed the prawn, how long should I wait to add fish? Should I do a partial water change before adding the fish? Thanks for any advice you can offer this newbie! :)
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:11 PM   #3
 
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This is a good one Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

The only thing it doesn't have is a test for hardness (GH and KH). But you really only need to test for that once to find out what kind of water you have. You should be able to find that out from your city's water board (unless you're on well water).

Also, welcome to the forum.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:12 PM   #4
 
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Also, I am going to do the prawn method for cycling my tank. After the tank has cycled and I have removed the prawn, how long should I wait to add fish? Should I do a partial water change before adding the fish? Thanks for any advice you can offer this newbie! :)
Once your tank is cycled remove the prawn, do a water change and you can add some fish right away.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:02 PM   #5
 
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+1 on the API Freshwater Master test kit. Just be sure to shake the bejeesus out of the nitrate bottle and test tube.

Welcome to the forum and good luck with your cycling.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
 
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PH levels REALLY high... bummed

I am going to get a test kit tomorrow to do all my water testing but I did test my ph level tonight with a Seachem Alert Series test and it is off the chart! The max on the test is 8.2. I tested in the tank, straight from the tap, and from a jug that I had been resting for a few days. All of them were at the max level. I'm really bummed because I was looking forward to some rasboras and corys . Will driftwood lower the ph enugh for them? What are some other active, small, schooling fish that can tolerate such a high ph? Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:52 AM   #7
 
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I read somewhere that certain types of cichlids do well in a high ph environment. I don't have firshand knowledge but maybe you could start a thread in the cichlid section and get some good answers there.

And they would certainly be colorful and active.

Good luck.

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Old 10-27-2010, 07:52 PM   #8
 
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I am going to get a test kit tomorrow to do all my water testing but I did test my ph level tonight with a Seachem Alert Series test and it is off the chart! The max on the test is 8.2. I tested in the tank, straight from the tap, and from a jug that I had been resting for a few days. All of them were at the max level. I'm really bummed because I was looking forward to some rasboras and corys . Will driftwood lower the ph enugh for them? What are some other active, small, schooling fish that can tolerate such a high ph? Thanks!
This pH issue was also included in your other thread on the cycling issue,
New and having problems!
and I just responded in some detail on the hardness/pH issue. For ease of consistency, that thread would probably be the better for the pH issue, or a new one entirely, whichever you'd like.

And welcome to the Tropical Fish Keeping forum; glad you found us.

I concur on the API liquid test kits. Sera kits are also very good, but more expensive (at least here). And I agree with jeaninel on not needing the hardness kit (as I mentioned actually in that other thread).

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