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    Water testing.

    Howdy aquarium folks.

    I've been at this for a long time but have never been terribly serious about it. Now, I'm thinking that I should probably get more serious. To that end, I have been looking for a laboratory that can provide quick turn around and accurate testing of the following parameters:

    pH
    Total Alkalinity (CO32-, HCO3-, B(OH4-, OH-)
    Copper
    Iodine/Iodide
    Iron
    Amonia (NH3, NH4+)
    Nitrate (NO3-)
    Nitrite (NO2-)
    Phosphate (PO43-
    Silicate
    Strontium
    Calcium
    Magnesium
    Carbonate/Borate Alkalinity (CO32-, B(OH4-)

    I think we're going to end up just buying the test kits and doing it ourselves.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
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    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

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    There was/is an outfit called Lab Aquatics that did just what I think you are looking for. http://www.labaquatics.com/

    They were a sponsor on AP but are no longer.

    I haven't used them myself and don't know much more than whats on their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenzy View Post
    There was/is an outfit called Lab Aquatics that did just what I think you are looking for. http://www.labaquatics.com/
    Sweet. That is EXACTLY what I was looking for.

    Thanks.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
    Water Movement: Tunze Turbelle Stream 6060, 4 x MaxiJet 1200
    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

    Experience: Fresh since 1976 - Marine since 1987

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hank.carr

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    Just make sure you talk to the guy (Stuart I think), and make sure he's still in business. Someone on AP had a problem getting hold on him at one point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenzy View Post
    Just make sure you talk to the guy (Stuart I think), and make sure he's still in business. Someone on AP had a problem getting hold on him at one point.
    Thanks. I'll give them a call and make sure they're still operating and once I know I'll reply here.

    I talked it over with Anita and what we're going to do is get our well water and our aquarium water tested right now. We'll then buy test kits and do the testing ourselves from that point on.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
    Water Movement: Tunze Turbelle Stream 6060, 4 x MaxiJet 1200
    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

    Experience: Fresh since 1976 - Marine since 1987

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hank.carr

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    Taken from a thread I started @ http://ovas.ca/index.php?topic=35454.0

    I have always been curious about the contents of my water. I finally contacted a local lab and here is there response, as well as fee schedule.

    Yes, we perform water testing for individuals. I have attached for you a copy of our fee schedule; most homeowners choose the tests listed on page 18, though we certainly can perform other tests as well. Please keep in mind that our minimum billing is $40.

    When you have decided which tests you would like to have done, you may call the laboratory or visit us in person to arrange for your bottle pick-up. They are provided free of cost.

    Most tests can be completed within 7 working days, but that can be confirmed when you have decided which tests you would like performed.

    If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.

    Cheers,
    Krista.Quantrill@bodycote.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossW View Post
    Taken from a thread I started @ http://ovas.ca/index.php?topic=35454.0

    I have always been curious about the contents of my water. I finally contacted a local lab and here is there response, as well as fee schedule.
    Cool. Thanks. They are quite pricy but about where I expected them to be.

    I've been looking at a number of the standard aquarium test kits including Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Hagen, Aqua Medic, Tunze, IO, Salifert, and Elos. I think I've settled on buying a quite of Seachem tests. The total cost would be around $200 US so I guess I would have to whore myself out doing aquarium water testing to pay for it.

    The Government of Ontario well water testing program isn't all that useful. They do recommend a number of private labs that will provide more comprehensive testing of well water for a small fee. We may take advantage of that program to have our well water tested. I suggested sending in our aquarium water as well but Anita figured they wouldn't be impressed.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
    Water Movement: Tunze Turbelle Stream 6060, 4 x MaxiJet 1200
    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

    Experience: Fresh since 1976 - Marine since 1987

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hank.carr

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    I found Bodycote by contacting the three local labs from this link:
    http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/water/sdwa/licensedlabs.php

    One did not get back to me, and the other reccomended Bodycote instead of his lab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossW View Post
    I found Bodycote by contacting the three local labs from this link:
    http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/water/sdwa/licensedlabs.php
    Thanks. I found that page and emailed a lab in Ottawa. No word back yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by RossW View Post
    One did not get back to me, and the other reccomended Bodycote instead of his lab.
    The guy is honest. That's a good thing.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
    Water Movement: Tunze Turbelle Stream 6060, 4 x MaxiJet 1200
    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

    Experience: Fresh since 1976 - Marine since 1987

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hank.carr

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