When to use?
The key to successful fish keeping is excellent water quality. The Aquarium Water Mini tests three water parameters: pH, Nitrite and Ammonia.
What is ammonia?
Ammonia is excreted by fish as a waste product. It is extremely toxic to fish, and is broken down into less toxic nitrite by the beneficial bacteria in the filter of your aquarium.
What is nitrite?
Nitrite is produced by the beneficial bacteria in the pond and filters as they break down harmful ammonia excreted by fish. Although not as toxic as ammonia, nitrite is still very damaging to the health of the fish. Nitrite itself is broken down into nitrate which is significantly less harmful to fish.
What is pH?
pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the water in your aquarium. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. Very acid water is pH 0 and very alkaline water is pH 14. Neutral water that is neither acid nor alkaline is pH 7.
How do I do the tests?
A full instruction leaflet is included in the pack which talks you through each parameter, what it should be, and what you should do if the readings are incorrect.
This test kit reports concentration in terms of nitrogen (NH3-N) or (NO2-N) to be compatible with reported safe concentrations as they apply to fish and plants. If you are interested in knowing the ionic concentration of the measured parameter, multiply your result by 1.21 (NH3-N) or 3.29 (NO2-N). For more information on this calculation, click here.
Q: My pH reagent has changed colour, is it still ok to use? A: Our pH reagent can change colour over time. It will start green, but can change to any colour on the colour chart. This is normal and you will still get accurate results.
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