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Old 04-02-2003, 12:25 AM   #1
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what all should be tested in the average planted tank?

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Old 04-02-2003, 01:38 AM   #2
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Kh, Ph, nitrates, phosphates are the important ones. All the others are optional and can be tested as needed or if you suspect a problem.


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on how regular of a basis?

i just added a reliable source of CO2 to my tank (pressurized not DIY) and have been checking pH and Kh everyday
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IMO how much you test depends on your level of experience. When fairly new to planted tanks you should test everything and test often. Change when and how much you add of each individual (excluding K+) macro nutrient. Pay close attention to how your tank responds to those changes and keep testing to verify that you've actually made the changes. As your experience grows you'll switch from being hooked on testing to being able to tell at a glance what needs to be added and or changed. When starting out you should check nitrate with a very good and accurate nitrate test kit. Also you'll want to regularly check pH, KH, GH, PO4, and probably Fe, although the Fe test kits are dubious at best, but you can get a "feel" for the effect of Fe additions. Frankly Fe is the easiest to "read" the plants and to add based on visual indicators and it's much less problematic than adding Fe based on dubious test kit results.

After many years and many different tanks, I now only use test kits regularly during the startup phase of a new tank (first couple of months). After that, I test the pH and KH weekly. I rarely check any other parameter for my established tanks.
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i'm not particularly new to planted tanks, as i am the CO2. I don't know really. Anytime i add something i pay attention to everything, just to be sure everythings gonna stay constant.

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Basically I test every week just prior to the weekly 40% water change. Then I put the results into a computer spread sheet program. Makes it really easy to see numerical changes over a long period of time
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that's what i am doing now
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