How often should I test my water quality?

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    BriOnH

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    When i had a fish only tank I would rarely test, because everytime I did it was perfect. The only thing I test on a very consistant basis is salinity.

    The way my tank is set, I just let water evaporate out of the tank and when it gets to be about 3 inches below the top waterline I fill it with fresh water and some ammonia detox. This has worked incredibly well for over 3 years for me with fish only. Do you think I can continue to do this with a reef aquarium. So far (out 4 weeks) it's working well.

    When do you test nitrates, ammonia, etc?
     
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    I only test amonia and nitrites when I'm going through a cycle or think somethings wrong. I think your supposed to test monthly for amonia and nitrites, and test weekly for ph, and nitrates, and test daily for salinity.
     
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    I don't test daily for salinity, I have a line drawn on my sump with a Sharpie and I just top off to that line every day. I use a dipstick test weekly and if anything looks unusual I use a "real" test. But lately I've been testing nitrates and phosphates twice a week too...
     
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    Biff - with the dipsticks do you just dip them in your tank and compare them to a chart? That sounds pretty handy to have just for quick checkups. Happen to have the name of them?

    Thank you jhnrb - great thread!
     
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    Yep, I use the ones that have about six different tests on one stick, so you get readings immediately. They are not very accurate, so I don't solely rely on them, but like you said, they are useful for quick checkups. I buy mine at Petco and Petsmart, so I'm guessing you don't have to go to a fish store to find them, but the brand is Jungle.

    Jungle Quick Dip Aquarium Test Strips at PETCO
     
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    I usually test ammo.,nitrite,nitrate, specific gravity,phosphate,ph,calcium,and alk. every week. But thats just me,guess im paranoid
     
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    I test everything once a week every saturday. Though salinity I test every wed when I do a water change.
     
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    Every sat or sunday I will clean out the tank. I better start testing then too.
     
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    I'm with you on that one...so paranoid!!
     
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