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Poll: Water Parameters (292 member(s) have cast votes)

How often do you test your water parameters?

  1. Daily (29 votes [9.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.93%

  2. Weekly (108 votes [36.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.99%

  3. Bi-Weekly (46 votes [15.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.75%

  4. Monthly (32 votes [10.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.96%

  5. When something goes wrong (53 votes [18.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.15%

  6. Never (24 votes [8.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.22%

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#1
Christopher Marks

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How often do you test your water parameters?
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

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How often do you test your water parameters?


biweekly...right before every waterchange!

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Hey, there's no option for NEVER.

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I figure I probably do it about once a month at the moment. No problems really, and I keep up with water changes, so I don't have too much reason to be checking. Tanks only been up for about 5 months, but the only thing I've lost were some nerites that I'm guessing I didn't acclimate properly. Half died, half survived.

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only when something goes wrong, whuch has (luckilly) pretty much meant never after my cycle. I do feel guilt about this, like I should do it more often though.
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I didnít see a selection for never :lol:

And tell that dumb tard you got fish tanks to build!

curvilinear II_the Pico.Reef < . . .
NC6 nano.reef < . . .
NC24 dart_frog_viv - 2.3.2 Ventrimaculatus < . . .
0.5G zer0-edge FW pico < . . .
curvilinear I_FW.pico < . . .

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Every two weeks, one week after partial water change

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I taste mine every now and then. Does that count for anything?

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I let my corals tell me when to test. They are a great indicator of problems. So far, havent had any pproblems, but i religiously keep up on Water changes and maintenance.

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Daily or few times daily when adding something new, cycling or if anything goes wrong. Would like to keep live monitors to know when testing is necessary.

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I voted daily. I check salinity everyday. I check alk and calcium every other day and I check mag twice a month.

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I'm terrible with water testing. I test once a month, unless a coral starts looking bad.

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Every couple months on all my tanks.
I do weekly water changes, so the water parameters NEVER change..... EVER.

I still dont have a salt water test kit though, I am trying to find out if my freshwater kit will work on it with accurate results (it works, I just don't know if its accurate or not)
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I taste it

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check salinity on my tanks every week before WC. used to test CA, alk, nitrates, phosphates before. now i just test if my corals look bad or something dies. don't like the chasing.

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I taste it


Love when ppl resurrect a 5 year old thread just to post something like this... -_-
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no sense of humor. :huh: fine i test my big tank weekly as it contains a tessellate eel and some softies. I test for nitrate and phosphate in that one. mainly because its a 6 year old tank and has been stable if something looks off i test the other elements but usually the cause is a seas monster took a dump in it. my mixed reefs I test for all strontium,molybdenum,magnesium, calcium, alk, PH etc. my nano I dont bother since i do 20-30% H2o changes weekly i dont use any supplements just good salt mix, clean H2o and temp check the salinity and into the tank.
i have only used purple up and buffer plus thats it and i have nice hard well water my ro/di unit has been collecting dust for 3 years.
had a salt bucket last me over two years on my big tank as i needed only add top off water. viva la refugium .

happy now? ;)