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Nutrient levels test kit

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plant Fertilization' started by Garrett Beck, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. Garrett Beck

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    Hello everyone,


    I'm new to the Barr Report and this is my first post. I've been into the panted aquariums for a little less than a year and have jumped in with both feet. My question is; Are there any "master" test kits for panted aquariums (for nutrient levels)? If not, which individual test kits should I get or be most concerned with. I'm most interested in tests that tell me if I need to raise or lower my fertilizer dosing until I become more familiar with what specific plant deficiencies look like.


    Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions,


    Garrett
     
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    I've been reading a lot of Tom's articles and see he doesn't put much stock into test kits (as a lot seem to be inaccurate). I already do the fairly large waterchange weekly so that part of the EI method I'm good with. So now I just have to figure out what to dose weekly (daily?) and how much to dose per tank without spending my whole paycheck on ferts. On to more research!


    Garrett
     
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    If you are planning to follow EI dont worry about nutrient levels. At least at start.


    the only test I would recommend is the PH and KH/GH test kit to know what pH to target for your kH levels for CO2 and GH to know if you need to use a GH booster. Also it comes in handy if you plan to make changes to your water like mixing RO. You can get the API one for those.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions and links! This may be a stupid question, but please bear with me, I've never used dry ferts before. When you add dry ferts to your water column, do you dissolve it in some tank water 1st or just add straight to the tank?
     
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    Probably best to dissolve it first in tank water, or make up dosing solutions that last a few weeks at a time.


    Keep micros separate from macros -- together in high concentration, they precipitate and you lose the effectiveness of your stuff.
     
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    I usually just use a small tupperware container and mix my dry ferts with some tank water of the tank I'm going to put into. I like testing myself. Gives me something to do...haha! But I own (whether they are accurate or not who knows) a Nitrate, Phosphate, and Ph test kits. I like to use tests and then do a 50% water change and then see the results. Piece of mind I guess. Besides Gh/Kh most other items are either too hard to test or need special equipment.
     
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