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Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:27 pm
by bostonrickb
What are the MINIMUM test kits I need for a healthy FOWLR tank and then also for a inverts. What are the kits that are useful but not required for a FOWLR and inverts.

Re: Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:19 am
by Dutchman
The last SW tank I had was about 20 years ago, so I'm afraid this is all a bit dated, but . . .
Thermometer, densimeter and pH kit are musts. After that I would invest in an Ammonia, Nitrate and KH/alkalinity kit and maybe a Calcium kit. A set like that will tell you all you need to know, but . . important is that you know what to do if the measurements go "hay-wire" :(

Re: Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:35 am
by bostonrickb
Thanks Dutchman, I have all of those test kits but I will have to pick up a calcum kit. I think I may get a coppper test kit too.

Re: Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:57 am
by Dutchman
A copper test kit is nice to have, but you will probably only need it once in a while if all goes well.
You suspecting copper infiltration somewhere?

Re: Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:07 am
by bostonrickb
I bought a red legged hermit crab a few months ago and I lost him. I have had no luck with any crabs, snales or anything with a hard shell. I am thinking copper but don't know where it would come from. Maybe my copper house pipes. I have never tested for it but in the 90's I couldnt keep fresh water snales or botas, or loach, I dont remember which fish now but they were susceptible to copper too my fish guy told me. That was in a new house right down the street that my parents live in, maybe the pipes haden't limed over yet. I am wondering if its my towns water supply. This house I am in now was built in the 50s so that shouldnt be a problem. I will keep you posted.

Re: Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:41 am
by Dutchman
bostonrickb wrote:I bought a red legged hermit crab a few months ago and I lost him. I have had no luck with any crabs, snales or anything with a hard shell. I am thinking copper but don't know where it would come from. Maybe my copper house pipes.
That's rediculous! Yes, copper sounds like a possible cause, so you better get to the bottom of that.

Re: Minimun Test Kits needed....

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:22 pm
by Crazygar
pH, Calcium and Refractometer are the most basic of tests, if you are planning corals and other inverts, I would invest in a broad range of tests that include Copper, kH and others to sustain a healthy reef. Remember, never dose anything that you don't test for.

Gary