Category Archives: Testing

Why Testing Aquarium pH is Important

One of the most frequently tested and important parameters in aquariums is pH. Whether you are keeping Discus, African Cichlids, or reef aquariums testing and monitoring your aquarium pH is crucial for success.  This short overview will help anyone who is new to testing pH in aquariums – or anyone who is having trouble with their testing – to better understand […]


Does your TDS Meter Measure Up?

In this blog we will dive deeper into understanding Total Dissolved Solids and Electrical Conductivity Measurements and the impact that these measurements can have on your RODI filters in your aquarium.


Salinity Measurements in Aquariums

Alkalinity is one of the most widely tested parameters in saltwater aquariums. It is often the first water parameter many aquarists test for as it is crucial in making artificial saltwater. There are many ways to measure salinity, some more accurate than others. In this blog, we will discuss what salinity is, its importance in saltwater aquariums, and how to take salinity measurements.


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium (Using One and Only, Ammonium Chloride, and First Defense)

The “fishless cycle” is designed to establish biological filtration before any marine life is added. This method relies on a higher initial ammonia dose to “force feed” the bacteria and develop a substantial biofilter before adding livestock.


Automatically Test Alkalinity, Calcium, and Magnesium with Neptune Systems Trident Marine Aquarium Water Analyzer

The Trident from Neptune Systems is an automated testing system that regularly tests alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium in your saltwater aquarium — and then communicates this information to your Apex so you can get alerts, and change your dosing.


Aquarium Water Testing and Why it Matters

Not all aquarium life requires the same water parameters. It is critical for success to know which species you are keeping, their water requirements, and what your water quality levels are. Check out these guidelines for fresh and saltwater tanks!


Testing Test Kits: We Compared 4 Popular Aquarium Ammonia Test Kits—Here Are the Results

For this ammonia test kit evaluation, we used a “blind” three-person test panel. The water samples contained known lab-prepared ammonia levels. But none of the people using the kits had any idea what the levels were.


How to Use Hanna Checker Colorimeters to Dial In a 2-Part Calcium & Alkalinity Dosing Regimen

Maintaining proper water chemistry is arguably one of the more difficult aspects of keeping a healthy captive reef tank. Thankfully we have amazing tools to help us out! In this video, we show YOU how to dial in your ESV Two Part dosing using the Hanna Instrument’s Checkers.


How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium: Proven Techniques For Success

Keeping nitrate under control has always been a concern because nitrate is the end-product of nitrification via your biological filtration so it’s continually added to your aquarium water. It may seem like a constant battle to keep nitrate under control. The good news is there are many proven ways to minimize nitrate build-up.


How to Lower Phosphates in a Reef Tank: Mastering Nutrient Control

Phosphate has always been a hot topic with reef keepers. It’s in our tap water. It’s in fish and invert food. Phosphate gets the blame for algae problems. Some say it even hurts corals. We’ll break it down and tell you everything you need to know about phosphate and how to control it in your aquarium.