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  1. #1
    TRIX - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default My test results

    Today I picked up my test kit the results are

    Salt SG 1.0225
    Phosphate 1.5-2ppm
    Calcium 340ppm
    Nitrate 90ppm
    Ammonia Milky separates mild blue
    Low range PH 7.6
    High range PH Turns clear black
    KH 300ppm
    GH Stopped testing at 900ppm
    Nitrite 1.6ppm
    Iron Free 0ppm

    The tank is 1 week old with 30lbs live rock and 30lbs Aromax sand.

    Please share your opinions and suggestions

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    SG... ok
    phos... too high
    calcium... get closer to 400(alkalinity is far more important, IMO)
    PH... get closer to 8.2(at below 7.8, coral skeletons are basically stripped of their calcium)
    Nitrite... should be 0(what is your ammonia?)

    IMO, let your tank cycle for a few weeks, then re-test and compare the results for a better clue as to what's happening.
    There's nowhere else I'ld rather be... unless, of course, you're buying

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    TRIX - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Should I be making any adjustments now or just let it cycle. Also my Ammonia test wouln't work. the drops that I put in would just turn milky and turn a very very light blue and seperate. I'm using the Hagen master test kit.

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Invest in a better kit and, yes... let it cycle and run as is for a couple-a few weeks, then re-test.
    There's nowhere else I'ld rather be... unless, of course, you're buying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptoreef
    Invest in a better kit and, yes... let it cycle and run as is for a couple-a few weeks, then re-test.
    So what is a better kit? I am looking to buy a kit that tests everything.

    Your tank just needs time to do it's thing. I know it sucks but it's the waiting game.
    Good luck.

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I like salifert's
    There's nowhere else I'ld rather be... unless, of course, you're buying

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    dakar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Different test kits measure things differently. Not all kits are created equally, some measure free X in the water column others claim they can detect X in a bound form.

    Here is a quick example of what I mean, this weejend I took these samples from the same area of the sump within a 5 minute period of time and 4 different NO3 test kits;

    Results;
    Aquarium Pharm. #1 (1 yr old) - 0ppm NO3
    Aquarium Pharm. #2 (brand new) - 10ppm NO3
    Sea-Chem Kit (a couple months old) - 20ppm NO3
    Salifert Kit (few month old) - 40ppm NO3

    So which to believe is the most accurate??? I chose the salifert kit since it had been a couple weeks since my last waterchange and it is normal for our heavily stocked tank that is fed very regularly.

    The cheaper Aquar. Pharm kits are okay for cycling your tank, as ammo and nitrite tests seem to run more in line with each other, the sea-chem kits are okay, but it's my opinion the Salifert kits are the most accurate (though the more expensive).
    Every electronic device is manufactured with smoke stored deep inside... only a true genius can find a way to set it free.

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    TRIX - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    ok thanks for the info I let it cycle for a couple weeks. As for the test kit I wish I had know. Just spent $100.00 on this one. The last time I asked I didn't get any negative feedback. Oh well. I'll just use this one up and then switch I guess.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    TRIX - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default New #'s

    Well it's been about 2 weeks. Here are the new #'s

    Temp 81f
    SG 22
    Phosphate 2.5
    Calcium 440
    Nitrate 75
    Ammonia 0.1
    LR PH 7.6
    HR PH 8.1
    KH 140
    Nitrite 0.1
    Iron Free 0
    Iron Chelated 0

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