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    Thread: I have a few questions on water testing

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      I have a few questions on water testing

      I have few questions on water testing. Do you test your water? If so how often? If not why not? Do you chase a number from your results i.e. if PH is off do you try to fix?



      I ask because I do test at least weekly and I record my results. I use this to see trends and do not chase a number. Some of my readings may be slightly high but as long as the fish look healthy, are eating, and swimming I leave things alone. I do do water changes monthly as I think that is the right thing to do.

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      The Seneye monitor is a great tool which measures temperature, ph, and NH3 ammonia in real time and with the web server, let's you upload results to cloud where you could see readings from your phone or computer. You can also see the past trends, really nifty tool.

      Anyway, I really don't do regular testing anymore since the Seneye handles the important stuff. Based on the trends of my pond, when ph starts to drop below 8s in mid afternoon, I know it's time to check my kh and add more baking soda.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bossman View Post
      I have few questions on water testing. Do you test your water? If so how often? If not why not? Do you chase a number from your results i.e. if PH is off do you try to fix?



      I ask because I do test at least weekly and I record my results. I use this to see trends and do not chase a number. Some of my readings may be slightly high but as long as the fish look healthy, are eating, and swimming I leave things alone. I do do water changes monthly as I think that is the right thing to do.
      I tested often when the ponds were new but as the levels started to be nearly the same every test,
      I didn't do them as much and really only when I saw anything going wrong. What tests do you see elevated
      levels? If the pond a year of less old it might be an indication of a deficiency in filtration.

      I'd never "chase" a pH level. Stability of .2 or .3 change from morning to early evening is more important.
      If you maintain a KH level of 120-150 ppm the pH should be about pretty stable at 8.2-8.3. Test the water
      your using for water changes to know what you're putting in the pond.
      Ammonia and nitrite should be chased to 0. I'd chase the nitrate number to 50 ppm or less.
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      Can anyone recommend a water test kit that covers everything you'd need to monitor in a koi pond?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Davidmh47 View Post
      Can anyone recommend a water test kit that covers everything you'd need to monitor in a koi pond?
      API Fresh Water Master Test Kit

      https://www.chewy.com/api-freshwater...BoC69YQAvD_BwE

      But you'll need one more that's for some unknown reason not included in any of the
      "Master" test kits, KH:

      http://www.cascade-pond-supply.com/T...its-p-521.html

      The API Master Test Kits come in several forms so be sure the one you purchase has:

      High Range pH
      Ammonia
      Nitrite
      Nitrate
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      I recently made a video of my water testing regime and how I interpret the results using the API test kits



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      That was the best video I have seen on water testing. Thank you

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      I have been testing every other day before and after water changes.

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