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I have Salifert brand Po4 and alk left over from my SW tank as well as aquarium pharmaceuticals No3 test kits. PH will be monitored by milwuakee Ph monitor attached to the regulator.

what brand co2 test kit is most accurate?
Is gh test kit really necessary? I know I have hard water.
I need to pick up No2 and Nh3 kit but what else am I missing?

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For co2 most people just use their ph reading and kh reading along with a co2 chart, kh tests are cheap you can get kh and gh for under 5 bucks online.
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One more needed, KH kit. Regardless if you want to use the pH-KH-CO2 chart, it will make sure your water is sufficiently buffered.

GH isn't critical but as freeflyer pointed out, there are KH/GH combo kits for cheap, so why not.

Red Sea's CO2 kit has been accurate for me.
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I don't really see the need for a CO2 test kit. I have never owned one.

The pH-KH-CO2 relationship and the corresponding chart should be all you need to verify what your pH controller is telling you.

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Yeah same, I haven't used my CO2 kit forever. I think it's only good if other buffers are skewing the pH, but usually thats high phosphates which should be delt with. I use the CO2 charts just fine without issues. Anyway, since e.lark asked...

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Oops... I meant I already have salifert KH/alk kit. looks like Im set.

thanks, I'll do a search for the chart.

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any need for O2? I see it mentioned in the stats in Amano's books.
I have absolutly no water turbulance, I think thats a good thing for zero co2 loss so Im assuming the plants will provide enough?

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thanks, I'll do a search for the chart.
If you havnt found it yet its on of the first topics under "water parameters"
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O2 kits can be interesting, but not required.

and the people I know that used a CO2 kit found the exact same results as the Kh/pH chart gives. and with normal water changes, Kh should stay constant...so you only have to test pH.

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