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The included instruction manual that comes with the water testing kits are a good starter for getting some information on what you are testing for, etc.

Here are some basic things that we can test for:

Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrates
Phosphates
gH
kH
pH

I would recommend everything (perhaps with the exception of phosphates), at the very least. A phosphate test kit can be useful, especially if you have a planted aquarium.

In terms of levels, ammonia and nitrites should read zero. For the other parameters, it depends on what you are trying to accomplish. In general, planted aquariums have anywhere from 5-20 ppm of nitrates. gH, kH and pH can vary.
 
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