(POLL) Tell us what do you test on regular?

Discussion in 'Reef Chemistry by Randy Holmes-Farley' started by potatocouch, May 10, 2017.

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Which param do you religiously check?

Poll closed Aug 10, 2017.
  1. Ammonia

    10 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Nitrite

    4 vote(s)
    3.6%
  3. Nitrate

    54 vote(s)
    49.1%
  4. Calcium

    62 vote(s)
    56.4%
  5. Alkalinity

    94 vote(s)
    85.5%
  6. Magnesium

    39 vote(s)
    35.5%
  7. Boron

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Phosphate

    44 vote(s)
    40.0%
  9. Iron

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  10. Iodine

    2 vote(s)
    1.8%
  11. Silica

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Strontium

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. pH

    37 vote(s)
    33.6%
  14. ORP

    6 vote(s)
    5.5%
  15. Temperature

    62 vote(s)
    56.4%
  16. Salinity

    68 vote(s)
    61.8%
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  1. potatocouch

    potatocouch Active Member

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    Let's be honest, we are not doing full time on this hobby so time is of the essence and each of us has our own preferred parameters which we believe need to be checked quite regularly.

    As a hobbyists and enthusiasts, what do you test on regular basis? What do you emphasize on?

    Say I test Boron on quarterly basis, that doesn't count in this poll.
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  2. slim_santa_chris

    slim_santa_chris Member

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    calc mag and alk.
     
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  3. potatocouch

    potatocouch Active Member

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    potatocouch Active Member

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    If there's a param that you regularly check but it's not in the poll, let us know and it'll be added.
     
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  5. slim_santa_chris

    slim_santa_chris Member

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    don't see a poll. [​IMG]
     
  6. potatocouch

    potatocouch Active Member

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    There's a poll and I can see people are and have voted, perhaps your mobile browser. I can see the poll in my Chrome browser.
     
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  7. slim_santa_chris

    slim_santa_chris Member

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    I apologize then.
     
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  8. potatocouch

    potatocouch Active Member

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    There's no need for one ;)
     
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    ReeferMaddness843 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Poll works in mobile browser. Just cast my vote. Alk, calcium, temp. If calcium is low then check mag to see how off as well. Although, I just started using brightwell kalk+ for my ato and have had a 0.0 loss on the big 3 across the board in the past 4-5 days. Pretty stoked to cut my test time down a bit.
     
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  10. DarkSky

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    Manually? Alk, Ca, NO3, PO4, Mag; in that order. Alk is every other day or so, Ca is weekly, NO3/PO4 maybe twice a month, Mag monthly.
    Automagically? pH, Salinity, Temperature
     
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    happyhourhero Valuable Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Temp, Alk, SG, Cal, Mg is all I test.
     
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  12. potatocouch

    potatocouch Active Member

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    I can't and won't dictate on how you do your test.
     
  13. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    I routinely monitored salinity, pH, and temperature. In my system, I learned over the years that if these were in line in my particular system, everything else would be. :)
     
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  14. DarkSky

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    Do you use a calc reactor or dose 2 part?

    I'm adding new frags to my tank and I find my Alk and calcium requirements changing so much that I have to keep increasing my 2 part dosing, which leads me to test them more frequently.
     
  15. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    SG, Mag, Cal, Alk and (PH... window opening junkie)

    Phos. and Nitrate... (about once a month), unless... :eek:
     
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    Alk weekly. K every couple of weeks due to high consumption.
     
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    As of now alk no less then 3 times weekly, otherwise i test almost everyday after adding corals(to resolve dosing) phosphate as well. Ph temp sg are monitored. Otherwise everything else is tested about 3 times every 2 weeks.
     
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  18. Scorpius

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    For some people once a month is religiously. lol
     
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  19. jsker

    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Twice a week, Alk,Ca,Mg,No3,Po4 I have a controller so PH,Temp,Conductivity are covered and once a month Potassium just to check
     
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  20. potatocouch

    potatocouch Active Member

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    That's fine @Scorpius

    The idea of the poll is to find out which params you guys have the utmost respect on.
     
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