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View Poll Results: How often do you test your water and for what?
I test for pH, NH3/NH4+, NO2, NO3 weekly 5 20.83%
I test for pH, NH3/NH4+, NO2, NO3 monthly 4 16.67%
I test for pH, NH3/NH4+, NO2, NO3 once in a while 6 25.00%
I test for pH, NH3/NH4+, NO2, NO3 only when I have a problem 4 16.67%
I also test for: Fe 1 4.17%
I also test for: PO4 7 29.17%
I also test for: Ca 1 4.17%
I also test for: KH 15 62.50%
I also test for: GH 7 29.17%
I test for everything on your list weekly 3 12.50%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2006, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question How Often Do you Test

Okay, this one goes with my water changes poll.

PLEASE wait for me to finish the poll before you start replying

This one is mulitple choice. Please post if you do anything different. A poll like this is a PITA to put together coherently


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i dont test for anything anymore my plants are my test kits
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i dont test for anything anymore my plants are my test kits
No fish in the tank?

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ya i have fish
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what do u test for with fish???? ive been doing this over two years and havnt lose one fish yet and i use straight tap water to i dont even use that dechroride stuff either
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Im testing weekly right now because my tank is so new and I want a good understanding of what my water chemistry will be like. I dont feel right about stocking the tank without knowing what I am working with.

Things should be maturing in the next couple of weeks and I will probably stop my weekly testing and move to monthly. Fish I know, water I know, but plants I dont so I will keep an eye on things until I feel comfortable.
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very rarely test nitrate, ph, and kh... never test any of that other stuff... i've gotten much better at reading my plants and dosing accordingly, and i see myself stopping the nitrate testing altogether in the next couple months, as my plants have hit their stride, and i seem to have found something that works. I might stop testing the ph and kh too, since my target for CO2 is basically somewhere between mad pearling of the plants, and abnormal fish behavior. If the fish look good and the plants are thriving, no need to mess with it. I dose sodium bicarbonate with each water change, so I'm not worried about a ph crash due to low kh, and my co2 tank has a low pressure regulator and a needle valve, so co2 rate variation is almost non-existant. I am in no way arguing against testing. There are certain things that anyone should test for when starting a tank, and in my opinion, for AT LEAST the first year in the hobby, even if things seem to be going well. it just takes that long to get a feel for your tank, and to start to see the subtle clues your plants and fish give you. Test on, planted tank warriors!

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I occasionally test for PH and KH, but nothing else. I use EI, and judge CO2 by the reaction of the fish and algae.

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I tested once in the last year.

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When I first set up a tank, i usually test more often than weekly (3X a week) just to:
  1. get a handle on how the plants are taking nitrates, and phosphates
  2. monitor my co2 levels

After a couple of months, and I get a feel of how things are going I usually back down to 1 X a week.

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I ran a test once, I think it was a Thursday...

Seriously, I test my tap water seasonally, I have found that my kH changes then, other than that, I dont test tanks, knowing the source water is the trick.
There was not the option "Never" so I did not vote.

I did not get into this hobby to run multitude's of test's. I refuse to do it.

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I ran a test once, I think it was a Thursday...
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There was not the option "Never" so I did not vote.
You can only have 10 options, so I had to dump two of my choices. Sowwy.

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Seriously, I test my tap water seasonally, I have found that my kH changes then, other than that, I dont test tanks, knowing the source water is the trick.
Actually, I assumed everyone *did* test their tap water at some point. Wish there was room for more options, I would have added that as well.

Does your tap pH not fluctuate at all?

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I did not get into this hobby to run multitude's of test's. I refuse to do it.
Oh, c'mon! Running the tests is fun

What really surprises me are the number of people who don't seem to test for KH. Out of 18 that have voted so far, only 10 do. Either the other 8 have a really high KH and nothing to worry about, or they are injecting blindly or not injecting at all.

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