Test Kits

Aquarium Water Testing

Below are some general guidelines for saltwater aquarium water testing. Please note these are only a general guidelines and not absolutes. Every aquarium is different and there are always exceptions to the rule. Basic Aquarium Water Testing Ammonia (NH3 – toxic): Zero (undetectable) Nitrite (NO2 – non-toxic): Zero (undetectable) Nitrate (NO3 – toxic): Zero (undetectable) …

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Aquarium Cycle

Beginners are often so excited to add new fish that they forget about the Aquarium Cycle. The nitrogen cycle is a series of events that break down fish waste into nitrogen, also called new tank syndrome or the start-up cycle. Over several weeks the aquarium begins to form different types of bacteria. New aquarists should …

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Aquarium Refractometer

The saltwater fish hobby is difficult enough as it is, but one of the most basic tools often leads to accidental livestock loss. A Hydrometer is a tool that measures the salinity or specific gravity of saltwater. Unfortunately, hydrometers are relatively inaccurate at measuring salinity. Why Hydrometers Are Inaccurate 1. Hydrometers get bumped around during …

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Aquarium Test Kits

Just a reminder that there are many brands of aquarium test kits. Some of the most popular brands are not always the best brands. Many beginner hobbyists purchase a master test kit, but find that they aren’t exactly accurate. Most master test kits will include pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. These are sometimes called NH3/4, …

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Elos Test Kits

I’ve used a variety of Test Kits for Saltwater Aquariums. If you are really into the hobby then consider picking up a few Elos Test Kits. I personally recommend the Elos Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Phosphate and Nitrate Kits. They do make Ammonia, Nitrite and pH, but almost any regular test kit will be comparable. Elos …

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