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Testing Kit too old?

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Old 02-18-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
 
Testing Kit too old?

We bought a testing kit with our old tank about 3-4 years ago and now have a new tank and wondering if the testing kit is still good. I've heard people mention that they expire or don't give accurate results after awhile but if there is an expiration date listed on our kit, its not very clear. Its the liquid kind if that matters.

And if we do need to get a new testing kit, how accurate are the strips or should we just stick with the liquid kind?
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
 
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Stick with liquid, strips are inaccurate. If I was unsure about the expiration date on a kit I'd buy a new one. But that's just me.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
 
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Test kits generally should be replaced every 1-2 years. But if you are testing as frequently as you should be, they don't usually last much longer than that anyways. Go with the Liquid kits. I don't trust the test strip kits.
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:39 PM   #4
 
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Agreed. The strips are horrible.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
 
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if you set up the environment perfect along with cylce and mature your tank you wont need a testing kit
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #6
 
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if you set up the environment perfect along with cylce and mature your tank you wont need a testing kit

i disagree 100%.

first, how will you know the cycle is complete without testing. second, if anything ever looks out of whack its good to do a test to see what the issue is and how to address it. third this was posted in saltwater so im only going to assume its for a saltwater tank which means you will need to also test mag, alk, ca, pH AT THE MINIMUM, besides the standard ammonia, nitrite, nitrate.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:07 PM   #7
 
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i was refering to FW everybody disagrees but you never hear me askin about fish ilness etc lol if your tank is old and stable you dont need to keep testing it and if your cycling with fish it takes 6 weeks before you stop doing water changes everyweek and the bacteria are grown
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:25 AM   #8
 
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i was refering to FW everybody disagrees but you never hear me askin about fish ilness etc lol if your tank is old and stable you dont need to keep testing it and if your cycling with fish it takes 6 weeks before you stop doing water changes everyweek and the bacteria are grown
I'm partial with this en regards to FW, but for saltwater it's just a bad idea. You should always test your new tank once a week and once the tank has become established, perhaps once every2-3wks. Otherwise it's a recipe for disaster .
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:38 AM   #9
 
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i was refering to FW everybody disagrees but you never hear me askin about fish ilness etc lol if your tank is old and stable you dont need to keep testing it and if your cycling with fish it takes 6 weeks before you stop doing water changes everyweek and the bacteria are grown
Water changes each week of 20 to 25 percent are needed for longterm health of fish in most moderatly stocked FW aquariums. Do others perform them less frequently? yes. Water changes help to keep Nitrates in check and also replenish vital minerals that fish need to remain healthy in the long term. Heavily planted tanks (live ) can go longer between water changes for many of the pollutants that accumulate are used as food by the plants. Regular small weekly water changes will Always benefit the fish more than large or infrequent water changes. IMHO
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Water changes each week of 20 to 25 percent are needed for longterm health of fish in most moderatly stocked FW aquariums. Do others perform them less frequently? yes. Water changes help to keep Nitrates in check and also replenish vital minerals that fish need to remain healthy in the long term. Heavily planted tanks (live ) can go longer between water changes for many of the pollutants that accumulate are used as food by the plants. Regular small weekly water changes will Always benefit the fish more than large or infrequent water changes. IMHO
Even with Live as you called it, the corals need the trace minerals to keep them going strong. If we dosed for all the minerals that the salt mixe has in it, we would be out more money then the hobby already costs. I don't do 20-25% i do 10-15% water changes.
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