Includes: Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Carbonate Hardness and pH Test Kits.
Ammonia is extremely toxic; high levels place fish under extreme stress. Keeping ammonia under control is very important. With the aid of this test kit you will help ensure your aquatic pets live long, happy, lives.
The biological cycle of your aquarium where excess food, fecal matter, urea and fish respiration results in the natural generation of ammonia. It becomes lethal to aquatic animals in high concentrations robbing the aquarium of oxygen, putting the fish under stress, leading to disease outbreaks and burnt gills.
- Testing Range: 0-10.0 ppm
- Performs up to 60 tests
- For the testing of Ammonia in freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
Nitrite is extremely toxic; it restricts a fish's blood from carrying oxygen. Keeping Nitrite under control is very important. With the aid of this test kit you will help ensure your aquatic pets live long, happy, healthy lives.
Nitrite (NO2) is the result of the second step in the Nitrogen cycle where toxic ammonia (NH3) is broken down by nitrifying bacteria (Nitrosomonas) and converted into Nitrite then further into Nitrate. Even in small concentrations Nitrite is lethal to aquatic animals robbing the fishes blood of oxygen, putting them under stress and leasing to disease outbreaks or death.
- Testing Range: 0-2.0 ppm.
- Performs up to 60 tests.
- For the testing of toxic nitrite in freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
High Nitrate levels cause algae blooms and stress on corals. Keeping Nitrate under control is very important. With the aid of this test kit you will help ensure your aquatic pets live long, happy, healthy lives.
Nitrate (NO3) is the third step in the Nitrogen cycle where toxic Ammonia (NH3) is broken down by nitrifying bacteria and converted into Nitrite (NO2) then further into Nitrate (NO3). Some aquarium inhabitants are affected more by Nitrate than others, particularly coral. High Nitrate can result into algae blooms.
- Testing Range: 0-40 ppm
- Performs up to 60 tests
- For the testing of Nitrate in freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
The correct Carbonate Hardness level will help maintain a balanced and stable pH. With the aid of this test kit you will help ensure your aquatic pets live long, happy, healthy lives.
Carbonate Hardness (KH) is a "buffing" element in aquarium water which stabilises the pH. A low KH can result in the pH value continuously dropping (going acidic) regardless of how often bicarbonate soda (pH up) is added. The break down of toxins within the aquarium filtration system results in the formation of an acid, which depletes the Carbonate Hardness reserve causing the pH to become unstable. The correct Carbonate Hardness level will not only stabilize the pH but also act as a supply of carbon dioxide for aquatic plants. It is also an important element to consider when trying to simulate the correct breeding conditions for particular species.
One of the major factors which determine good water quality id pH, which is the measure of acidity/alkalinity in your water. Neutral water has a pH of 7, acid water has a pH between 0 - 6.9 and alkaline water has a pH between 7.1 - 14.
Why does the pH level change?
Changes in pH can be caused by chemical reactions and the accumulation of substances in the aquarium/pond. Some examples are:
- Calcium and Magnesium compounds like shells and corals can cause alkalinity (rising of pH).
- The build up of waste from fish and plants can cause acidity (lowering of pH) if there are not enough good bacteria to break down this waste (generally in newly established aquariums/ponds).
- Carbon dioxide, which can increase due to over crowding or inadequate water circulation and aeration, is also a source of acid in the aquarium.
Aqua One pH Test Kit performs up to 60 test.