What are you folks using to test important parameters? Whats the best?

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  1. Dane

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    I realize this is a loaded question. What do you do? Whats your weekly or monthly regimen? What products do you use?
     
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    I use Salifert for CA, Alk/KH and Nitrate. Hanna checker for Phosphate. Refractometer for Salinity. Once I feel like my dosing amount and schedule is accurate, I only test for CA, Alk/Kh, Nitrate and Phosphate every few weeks OR way more often if I see problems in my tank (corals not doing well, algae, etc.)
     
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    Alk - Hanna HI772 - Daily
    Phosphate - Hanna Low Range HI713 - Weekly
    Mag - Red Sea - Weekly
    Calcium - API. Upgrading to Hanna in near future - Weekly
     
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    Tank and inhabitant dependent.
    60 cube and m90 both with softy/lps/anemone....Almost nothing. Refractometer every 3-6 months.
    210g sps
    Alk- hanna- 2x per week once things were leveled out
    Ca- red sea- monthly
    Mg- red sea- every 2 months or so
    Refractometer- Milwaukee- 1x per month
    I was doing nitrate/phosphate with red Sea and Hanna, respectively, every 2-3 weeks, but I have been in not detected range for both for 6 or 7 months, so I stopped
    Triton every 4-6 months

    Daily alk/ca dosing throughout day with doser

    If that tank was smaller I would up my frequencies, but it even takes a lot of carbonate to move the alk gauge on this tank.

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    Alk, Cal, and phosphates every 2 weeks using Hanna. Partially color blind so color matching tests are difficult to read for me.

    Test salinity once a month when I do water changes.
     
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    Hanna alk almost daily.
    Ca++ almost never. Using a calcium reactor, the calcium almost exactly mirrors the alk. I was testing frequently early on, but it got too boring.
    Nitrate (elos) weekly
    Hanna phosphorus weekly.
    Magnesium (salifert) monthly.
    Refactometer 2x/week.
     
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    The most overlooked criteria is water temperature. Regards
     
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    I use:
    ALK: Red Sea, Calcium: Red Sea, Magnesium: Red Sea, Phosphates: Hanna HI 736, Salinity: Milwaukee Digital Refractometer MA887, RODI water: HM Digital TDS-3
     
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    I use 2 part for dosing from Bulk Reef Supply. Comes with soda ash for Kh, Ca, and magnesium, the last of which will be consumed at a very slow rate.

    As for tests- 3 times a week I test Kh and Ca with the Red Sea kit. Pretty easy to use and accurate enough for the purpose.

    I test Magnesium 3 times a month with the same Red Sea kit

    Nitrates are checked twice monthly. I have a very low nutrient system so this is enough for me (I have never even reached 10ppm and usually it just reads negative). I use Salifert (spelling?) for that one.

    Specific gravity checked once weekly right before water changes. HINT- always check your refractometer against a standard before every use. The calibration seems to slip pretty quickly on some of these devices.

    water change: about 6%. Weekly.
     
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    My primary supplement is kalkwasser, dosing volume and frequency is automatically adjusted based on pH. This results in most of the dosing happening at night. So far my calcium demand has been significantly less than what I am adding. So calcium/alk is always at saturation. Since kalkwasser is inherently balanced, once the CA/Alk ratio is where I want it, the only way it can fall out of balance is by doing a waterchange.

    So I test CA and ALK daily after each waterchange until things stabilize. After that I test Alk once a month or so. As long as the Alk is what I was expecting, I do not test CA.

    I use Hanna checkers for CA and Alk. I do not test anything else, although I have been considering adding an occasional triton test into the routine.
     

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