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Old 08-29-2010, 9:45 PM   #21
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:10 PM   #22
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Very comprehensive, answered most of my newbie questions. Thanks!

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:53 PM   #23
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Old 09-04-2010, 8:57 AM   #24
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Test Kits (chlorine, pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, calcium, alkalinity, iodine)

Great idea puting this all in one place. My only bone of contention is the test kits you reccomend a newbie buy. I think they should be broken into mandatory and optional. I guess what people view as mandatory and optional could be debated but I will take a shot at breaking them down:

Mandatory Test Kits for a new tank and fish only system - ammonia, nitrite, nitrate
Mandaroty Test Kits for a reef tank - calcium, alkalinity
Optional test kits - phosphate, iodine, stontium, magnesium, copper

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Old 09-04-2010, 9:38 AM   #25
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I agree 100%. Regarding test kits, that would be my recommendation also. Thanks!

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Old 09-04-2010, 4:11 PM   #26
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Optional test kits - phosphate, iodine, stontium, magnesium, copper
Seems like all good reef salt-mixes have these things already added in the right proportions so water change should restore the balance. In your experience, did you notice these params fluctuate wildly between water changes?

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Old 09-04-2010, 4:21 PM   #27
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Seems like all good reef salt-mixes have these things already added in the right proportions so water change should restore the balance. In your experience, did you notice these params fluctuate wildly between water changes?
NO - It really is old school thinking actually....all the current salt mixes are excellent in maintaining these and they should be of no concern with regular water changes.

Like Schwaggs stated:

Mandatory Test Kits for a new tank and fish only system - ammonia, nitrite, nitrate
Mandatory Test Kits for a reef tank - calcium, alkalinity

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Old 09-04-2010, 6:58 PM   #28
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I would just like to say thanks. I have been away from the hobby for some time and have decided to get back into it. This is very helpful. I have forgotten alot. Thanks again

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Old 09-04-2010, 7:29 PM   #29
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Regarding testing, I would like to link a thread I started in 2009 in Rants 'n Complaints about a bunch of "My Tank is Crashing" threads at that time. It has several opinions on what test kits you should have and what you should be testing for, including mine, which have not changed.

http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forum...ad.php?t=28343

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Old 09-04-2010, 7:46 PM   #30
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Regarding testing, I would like to link a thread I started in 2009 in Rants 'n Complaints about a bunch of "My Tank is Crashing" threads at that time. It has several opinions on what test kits you should have and what you should be testing for, including mine, which have not changed.

http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forum...ad.php?t=28343


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Regarding testing, I would like to link a thread I started in 2009 in Rants 'n Complaints about a bunch of "My Tank is Crashing" threads at that time. It has several opinions on what test kits you should have and what you should be testing for, including mine, which have not changed.

http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forum...ad.php?t=28343

Hmm, I don't seem to be able to access it.

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Old 09-14-2010, 9:04 PM   #32
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Thanks for all the info here

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Seems like all good reef salt-mixes have these things already added in the right proportions so water change should restore the balance. In your experience, did you notice these params fluctuate wildly between water changes?

Actually, many salt mixes are WAY low on some elements, specifically Magnesium and only slightly low on others like Calcium. For example, my experience has been that IO is very low on Mag.

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Thanks for the information. It has been a while and I am just getting started again.

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Actually, many salt mixes are WAY low on some elements, specifically Magnesium and only slightly low on others like Calcium. For example, my experience has been that IO is very low on Mag.
I see! Magnesium cakes easily in humidity, so that's why many salt companies (including Morton) take it out to have the free-flowing salt. I suspect IO might be doing the same thing to impress your average consumer.

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Thanks for the info!

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What a great concept for all new hobbyist. This is definitely a must for all beginners...

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Old 12-05-2010, 1:09 AM   #38
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What a great concept for all new hobbyist. This is definitely a must for all beginners...

I totally agree. This would've save me a lot pain an heartache when I decided to go reef about a year. I wish I would've visited ARC a long time ago.

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Old 12-09-2010, 4:43 PM   #39
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Great job putting all of this together.

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Old 12-09-2010, 10:46 PM   #40
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Wow this is some great info... thanks for taking the time to write this article. Being new to the hobby, this will help a LOT!!!

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