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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-19-2019, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hello chemists!

When I started in this hobby I can honestly say I did not understand how intricate water parameters really are. After going to college for engineering and coming back home I have found myself more interested in this hobby than I ever have been. I would really like to become more aware of the chemistry of my tanks so that I can address algae and plant growth more efficiently and overall have a greater sense of operational awareness in my tanks. Right now, what is out there test wise that will give me the greatest insight into what is going on in my tank? Are there any tests that will send to an app similar to a programmable lighting system? Also, what types of tests would give the most insight on plant related water chemistry parameters?

Overall, I am trying to optimize plant growth and keep track of levels more specific than just pH, hardness, nitrate and so on.
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Using 100% RO/distilled water, scales accurate up to 0.001 grams, lab grade products and a dosing calculator so you know exactly what is in the water...


pH controller is a nice option, calibrate it regularly.
A high quality TDS meter too.

As for other testing equipment, hobby grade stuff is "ballpark" at best... Best looking for "lab grade" (whatever that means) but that is where $$$ adds up quickly.

Nothing beats a good spread sheet to keep you up to date on all the tank's "normal" parameters.

@Greggz has the link in his sig.

@Maryland Guppy has done a few tests, I think with regards to Fe primarily??
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