Water Quality

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Ruskiboy
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Water Quality

Postby Ruskiboy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:07 pm

Hi Folks,
Got my new tank all set up and a few fish in to get started. Just wondering which is the best method of testing the quality of the water. I was given the Tetra Test strips with the tank but have read they are not that accurate. Would welcome any opinions please.

daz4321
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Re: Water Quality

Postby daz4321 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:13 pm

tbh any of the liquid test kits on the market offer reasonable results compared to rebranded swimming pool test strips.

Don't forget to do a fishless cycle before adding fish.

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fluttermoth
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Re: Water Quality

Postby fluttermoth » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:18 pm

Any liquid or tablet based tests should be fine. API is probably the most commonly used, but Nutrafin and Salifert are quite highly regarded as well.

If you have fish in an uncycled tank, you must do daily water changes, of at least 50%, until you get the test kits, as the ammonia or nitrite could be building up without you knowing about it.


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