Oh ok. So a ammonia alert and a nitrate test?Get distilled from the store. It'll be fine for what you are doing.
Not trying to be argumentative but getting water from another tank is a terrible idea. He'll be using liverock, no need to import problems from another tank. For softies and even simple LPS you can get way with nothing but a nitrate test and swing arm hydrometer. Been there done that. 10%-20% water changes will keep everything where it needs to be in a simple softy & hardy LPS tank. I had no problems keeping candycanes, softies, trachys, etc. back in college. Didn't even know there was a test for phosphates back then. Rocked out with good halides and biweekly waterchanges. Used go and ramped up fuge lights if algae was blooming and just eyeballs it. Many people got by that way. Not the ideal way and you won't grow sps like that but for things he is doing it'll be fine.
@NoahLikesFish !!!Hey Noah, I believe you will actually find that engagement will increase and you will get better and more direct answers by practicing some google-fu first.
Your history shows that you pepper your threads with questions jumping from one topic to the next very quickly and it seems not a lot gets resolved. Sometimes you circle back, often not.
If you start your questions at Google, most of the best links will bring you right to a R2R thread where it has already been discussed AND you can engage with the people who are already discussing it. If you don't find your answers, give the context, what you've found so far and ask for opinions.
I don't know many people that will stop what they are doing, to make you an Amazon list when you aren't willing to do it yourself, whereas, if you did some research, created the list that seems right to you and put it out with "hey, I'm looking to xyz, I've made a list on Amazon with products that my research showed would be needed and helpful. Anything you would add or subtract and why, Thanks" you'd have at least half a dozen people engage on that topic and a discussion could be had and you actually learn what you need.
I'm aware you don't see the use in it. You are seeking instant tailored answers and you aren't getting them.I spent quite a while shopping, I dont see use in going to 2 year old threads to post on them
If you have the budget go for more but I honestly stand by in a basic softy beginner tank there isn't a reason to get more complicated than that. Do waterchanges biweekly, if algae is an issue then reduce phosphate heavy foods and run gfo. If nitrates are an issue cut feeding and up waterchanges.Oh ok. So a ammonia alert and a nitrate test?
Could I do dendros and lps too?If you have the budget go for more but I honestly stand by in a basic softy beginner tank there isn't a reason to get more complicated than that. Do waterchanges biweekly, if algae is an issue then reduce phosphate heavy foods and run gfo. If nitrates are an issue cut feeding and up waterchanges.
Again I'll suggest to you buying things like GSP and Xenia at an LFS is wasting good money.I’m not seeing anything That is agisnst it but it seems kind of optional to me, I’d assume if all the corals are healthy at the lfs they will be healthy in the tank right? I might h2o2 dip