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Necessary Testkits

I should have done this quite a long time ago, but I was curious to know what are the necessary testkits that I will need to use to find the parameters of my water.

I am dosing KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4, Plantex CSM + B Plus Extra Iron, Flourish Excel and the injection of CO2.

Right now I have a nitrate, ph, and kh test kit. Please let me know any other kinds that are necessary and which place is best to purchase them!

Thanks in advance.
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GH is the only other one I would suggest. Occasionally people find that their water is lacking in Calcium, which GH measures. I would ignore the nitrate testing if it were me. Your plants will be using nitrates up so fast you will have to add more anyway. The EI method doesn't rely upon knowing what is in the water on a daily basis.

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GH is the only other one I would suggest.
How do you know your CO2 without KH?

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He already stated that he has a kh test. Hoppy was just saying to add gh as a test to the current regimen.

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PO4?
You may wish to vary your PO4 levels, or NO3:PO4 ratios for various reasons, and the test can confirm the results of any dosing adjustments.
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hoppy only problem with the GH test is it dosnt tell u how much caluim there is say u get a high reading it doest tell u how much of that is caluim or MgSO4
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I'd say GH is a little helpful, not necessary. You've got all you need, IMO/IME. then again, I've never had a phosphate test kit, but have heard mixed opinions of their accuracy/readability.

I'm starting to think that you can get by without most test kits, as long as you are willing to be patient and thorough (and a little experimental)
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esar i agree with u on that u really dont need any test kits i used to use them all the time now i dont test at all my test kits are my plants
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I haven't tested at all for a couple of weeks now, and before that, not for another couple of weeks. All I test, when I do so, is KH and PH. My GH test kit got used a couple of times only. Now I, too, just watch the plants and fish, and, unfortunately, the algae. EI is a great technique in my opinion!!

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