Why Is Testing Your Saltwater Aquarium Water Important? - The Spruce

Marine Basic Lab Test series for saltwater aquariums tests 13 important aquarium water parameters.
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This test kit measures pH from 7.2 to 8.8 in either fresh or saltwater aquariums. This kit contains two High Range pH Test Color Charts — one for freshwater aquariums, and one for saltwater aquariums — so be sure to use the correct chart for your type of aquarium when interpreting test results. The Freshwater pH Test Color Chart is the appropriate chart to use for testing freshwater aquariums to which aquarium salt and African cichlid salt have been added. Artificial salt water should have a pH of 8.2. If not, adjustment with Aquarium Pharmaceuticals PROPER pH™ 8.2 is recommended. pH adjustment may be required in newly made salt water.
Saltwater Aquarium Test Kits are essential for measuring and maintaining proper water parameters
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This aquarium water test kit is good for both saltwater and freshwater fish with ten test parameters. It also helps to monitor the health and life of plants, crustaceans and any corals you have living in the water as well. It includes 5 glass test tubes with caps for mobility, if needed, as well as 1 spoon, 2 pipettes, and 4 instruction booklets. That makes this another aquarium test kit that’s great for beginners (and experience aquarists) who need a bit of guidance while testing water for the first time. Sep 25, 2016 - Generally this test is most often used in saltwater aquariums
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An aquarium water test kit is needed if you want to be successful in the tropical fish hobby (freshwater or saltwater). You will need to know how to test your water during new tank start-up (the cycle) and whenever problems arise.Buying these aquarium test kits individually can get expensive. You can usually save a few dollars by getting a master test kit. For most hobbyists these master test kits will be sufficient. Live plant keepers and saltwater reef tank keepers may need to invest in additional specialized mini test kits such as copper, phosphate, dissolved oxygen, etc.I’ve heard this statement from water treatment plant operators: aquarium water testing kits are nothing more than toys. Reef aquarists were finding high nitrate in their newly prepared saltwater. A quick test of their tap water showed high nitrates and in some cases ammonia and nitrite. By drinking water laws and standards, the treatment plants were in violation. Their response to the aquarists was to simply blame the test kits for “inaccurate and false” readings. Some marine aquarists spend hundreds of dollars on aquaculture grade test kits, believing the higher price delivers a better kit. The truth is, the test methods used in liquid aquarium test kits are basically the same as many of the field test kits used by marine biologists around the world. In fact, many aquaculture facilities use aquarium test kits because they are accurate and simple to use. So don’t let anyone tell you that aquarium test kits are unreliable. Verdict: Myth
An is needed for saltwater hobbists that keep corals or invertebrates that require iodine. Iodine is used up quickly by the aquarium inhabitants and skimmed out with the protein skimmer. I wouldn't recommend dosing iodine without using a test kit.
Primarily for saltwater aquariums, a is important to use when dosing calcium in reef tanks. Calcium is a primary element that corals need to grow and dosing calcium may be a necessity for the health of these animals. You need a test kit to determine how much and how often to dose. For more information on dosing calcium, please read .
Phosphate can be introduced to your aquarium mainly from tap water, dead plants and fish food. High phosphate levels can cause algae outbreaks and can slow coral growth rates. There are products on the market to remove phosphates (check out ) and you can do your part by keeping up with your and performing regular water changes with a . Saltwater reef tank keepers and freshwater plant keepers may want to invest in a Phosphate Test Kit. The is quite popular and easy to use.