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Tests and Test kits

Which one to buy? I bought the Freshwater master test kit by aquarium pharmicuticals, which has nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, ph. I also got GH and Kh test kits seperate. The only other test kit I saw at the pet store was a Phosphates test kit. Should I buy the phosphates test? Also are there any others I should check into? I havn't begun dosing any ferts yet, Im still working on getting all my CO2 components, should I start dosing now?
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I think you have all the tests you really need listed. No on the phosphate kit unless your really want to know. Some people want to know everything about their water which isn't a bad thing, I just don't have the patience nor do I want to spend the money these things anymore. After these kits expire (I don't use them that much any more), then no more test kits ever for me. That's just my opinion on test kits.

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I would say the phosphate test will be handy to check your tap water...then judge your dosing based on that...then again test kits can be so misleading sometimes.

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I test for nitrites/nitrates, phosphates and iron once a week. Since I don't use CO2 injection, tests for changing PH, KH or GH would be frivolous on my very hard unchanging Chicago water, IMHO. Ditto the ammonia tests. I stopped using them once my tank was established.
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I would say the phosphate test will be handy to check your tap water...then judge your dosing based on that...then again test kits can be so misleading sometimes.
Don't assume anything with your tap water. Test it often, preferably before every WC. Nitrates, KH, GH, Phosphates, and PH all can change significantly depending on the source of the water. If it is municipal water you never know when they are adding something. Rain and farmers affects ground water if you are on a well.

I have gotten my tank in balance several times, only to have it thrown off by a change in the tap water.
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