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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-01-2006, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Which Test Kits?

Since starting with FW planted tanks, I've been using test kits that I've had from my marine tanks (Salifert: NH4, NO3, PO4, KH; Pinpoint pH monitor). Other than the KH test kit and the pH monitor, my kits are almost empty or very near their expiration date.

Are there any other tests I should be doing (I know GH is one)? What test kit brands would you all recommend for replacement of my current kits? I love the ease and accuracy of the Salifert kits, but I'm open to reading everyone's suggestions.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-01-2006, 07:26 PM
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KH and GH are parameters that it can help to know, so those are good kits to have. About the only other one of value, in my opinion, is pH. I think test kits for NH4, NO3, PO4, Fe, etc. just lead you in the wrong direction, so are not worth having. For a very brief period during tank start up a NO2 kit can have some use, but not later. But, I am one who almost never tests anything, and doesn't believe in doing so, so take my suggestion for what it is worth.

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