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post #1 of 11 Old 09-09-2007, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Water testing Frequency

Hello All,

I've been setting up a new tank and I test the water quality every day.

When I achieve an established tank, what frequency do yall recommend I test the water parameters?

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-09-2007, 02:34 PM
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Once it stabilizes you can check it at water changes (before) or monthly, or yearly. Depends on how stable you feel it is. I rarely check mine.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-09-2007, 06:01 PM
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i recommend weekly. it helps keep a close eye on your water and correct any bad levels so u dont get any illnesses or algae outbreaks.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-08-2008, 01:08 AM
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When I set up a new tank, I also test daily.....after that, I test all of my tanks twice a week. It may be overly cautious, but I've been able to correct spikes that could have had really had repercussions, especially harder to control in the smaller tanks because they come on more suddenly.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-08-2008, 10:45 AM
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CHecking parameters weekly is key. I do not think anyone else in the hobby will tell you to check once a month or a year. that's just asking for a lot of trouble. Weekly will give you an idea of what needs to be fixed. the main things you'll be checking are Phosphates(PO4) ,Nitrates(NO3), SG, and alk. other things in the tank you can check everything else like every 2 weeks or month.

After your cycle ends you don't really need to check for Nitrite(NO2) or ammonia(NH3) unless something in your tank happens drastically. then you can check, otherwise it's kinda pointless, most of the time it'll be undetectable.

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-12-2008, 08:14 AM
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For a reef system, Weekly during the initial months, Bi-Weekly once necessary supplementation schedules are properly calculated. For a FO system, monthly should be sufficient once a supplementation schedule is calculated.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-17-2008, 08:55 PM
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I do all my tanks weekly, Thursday night. I do weekly water changes in my 55 freshwater and 10 gallon betta tank, and plan to do every other week in the saltwater. Wipe the algae off the viewing glass, gravel vac, then water change. This way, if I have company over on the weekend, everything is good to go and looking sharp. The ladies love the "Nemo" fish, lol.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 03:00 AM
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You have gravel as your substrate?

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 03:52 AM
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no gravel no crushed coral.


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post #10 of 11 Old 11-20-2008, 11:54 AM
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ROFL, yeah, my girlfriend would be real happy if she saw that...

I have gravel in my freshwater tanks, sand in the reef tank, but no matter what I do it gets blown around to the glass bottom. I'm thinking of getting some "reef substrate" which has shells and other bits, not just sand.
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