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Fish-Only Tank Test Kit Recommendations Chart

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These fish-only and reef tank charts provide recommendations in which test kits an aquarist should have, how often each type of test should be performed, and what the acceptable test results are suggested for each type of test taken. Set up in an easy to read and understand table style format.

Fish-Only Tank Test Kit Recommendations Chart

Test
LR=Low Range
Test
Frequency
Acceptable
Range
pH Several times a week,
if not daily.
7.8-8.2
(8.0 is a good
mid point.)
LR Ammonia
(NH³
NH³+4)
Daily during tank
cycling; once
every 2-3 weeks
thereafter.
0.0 ppm
LR Nitrite
(NO²)
Daily during tank
cycling; once
every 2-3 weeks
thereafter.
0.0-0.01 ppm
LR Nitrate
(NO³-)
Once per week.
Note: If test is for
Nitrate Nitrogen
(N or NO³-N),
multiply reading by
4.4 to get Nitrate
(NO³-) ionic results.
An immeasurable
amount is optimal!
10-20 ppm is
acceptable with up
to 40-60 ppm ok, but
strongly not advised.
Specific
Gravity
(Salinity)
Weekly 1.020-1.023
Temperature Daily 75°-80°F (24°-27°C),
with 77°F (25°C) being a good
mid point.
Copper
If used for parasite
control, daily.
0.15-0.25 ppm
(If below 0.15 ppm,
it is not effective!)
Other Optional
Fish-Only
Tank Tests
-General Hardness
(GH)
-Carbonate Hardness
(KH)
-Alkalinity
-Dissolved Oxygen
Refer to individual test kit directions, and below chart
reference resources.

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