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    What test kits are worth buying

    I currently test my tank for Ca alk and nitrate, and i was wondering if there are any other tests people think are worth buying, ( i have a ph probe )

    I was thinking about the phosphate one ?
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    phosphate if you have algae problems will be helpful.
    To keep your Ca and Alk in balance, you should monitor your Mg levels as well to make sure it remains within range.
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    I agree, get a Mg test kit as well.

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    Nitrite and Ammonia may be helpful as well in the event of an emergency, but those wont be needed regularly.
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    How many people out there use MG test kits from salifert ?
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    Me!
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    Originally posted by ALRHA
    Nitrite and Ammonia may be helpful as well in the event of an emergency, but those wont be needed regularly.
    What?!?!? Those are two of the most important tests you can have! They're the two most dangerous toxins in your tank...you should monitor them very closely.
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    agreed, but its not a test you do regularly. it is used mostly when first cycling the tank, and then usually only if there is a problem. if everything is doing well, ammonia and nitrite should always remain at zero in an established tank. - as opposed to Ca, Alk, and Mg which are constantly fluctuating.
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    I went through a whole ammonia test kit, and after 100 tests never once did i have any ammonia in my tank after the cycle, so i won't be running out to buy another kit to replace it lol
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    i keep mine for for back-up, just in case i would need it.
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