How often do you test your water?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by BDpups, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    I know I have a API master test kit somewhere. But to be honest, I can't remember the last time I used it. I've been in the hobby for awhile now, and have plenty of seeded media if I set up a new tank. Which I do often. I will also add some Stability when I do this. Plus I'm lazy :;smack Not really. But I really don't see the point in my situation.

    So I'm curious if others are like me. Or if there are people who are more diligent about testing.
  2. babynemo

    babynemoValued MemberMember

    I test my water at least twice a week
    At least I test the three tens and two 2.5's twice a week. The 75 is lucky to be tested once a month, lol.
  3. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Occasionally.... it happens in spurts.

  4. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I test my water once a week in new tanks (under 2-3 months old), otherwise maybe once a month...

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  5. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Keeping in mind that my tanks have been set up for a long time, I rarely test.
    The times I do test is
    1) Setting up a new tank with seeded filter media (every couple of days for about a week)
    2) My aquatic critters behavior or appearance seem off.
    3) Curiosity
  6. OP

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    I like Lucy's 3rd reason :)
  7. EricV

    EricVFishlore VIPMember

    I only test mine when there seems to be a problem or if I'm aiming for some specific set of water parameters for breeding or something like that.
  8. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Same for me! Very rare that I test. I have filter media 15 years old.

  9. Tolak

    TolakWell Known MemberMember

    My dogs taste test my water. I've got filters that have been running far longer than they've been alive.
  10. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    Every so often as I walk by a tank I will stick my hand in. If it comes out wet I know I am good and move on.

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