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Water Testing for the Basic and the Budget

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Water Testing for the Basic and the Budget

Testing the conditions and specifications of your aquarium water is a practice that will help you to avert potential disaster in the future. This will allow you to forget about the aggravation involved with replacing aquarium components and trying to reestablish desirable water conditions. Luckily for general hobbyist, tools that were once only accessible, and most likely affordable, to advanced aquarists have since become simpler to use and more affordable. With this advent of easier to use and understand products, a new generation of testing equipment now provides accurate results to hobbyists of any experience level.

During testing, the focus is usually aimed at parameters such as pH, water hardness, alkalinity, nitrite and nitrate. At one point in time five different kits were required; one for each category. Now, however, a quick dip of an economical test strip monitors all five parameters in a single trial. Not only is it easy, but it is also fast; test results appear in under a minute leaving your only real work to matching the test strip with the corresponding color chart. Although, these are not nearly as precise as a laboratory grade test kit, this test will provide you the results you need to determine of a problem exists and if there are any necessary actions which should be taken for correction.

Even with reef aquariums, beginner enthusiasts no longer need to feel threatened by maintaining ideal saltwater conditions. A portable refractometer is an optical device that provides a direct reading of specific gravity and salinity while automatically compensating for temperature. To acquire these results, simply place a drop of water on the lens and hold it up a light source to read the results in the viewfinder.

Investing in accurate testing equipment will save your budget and time later, by allowing you to catch symptoms before they become costly health problems for your aquarium and its inhabitants.

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