Use aquarium controllers, monitors and test kits to measure key water parameters.
If phosphate is present in too high a concentration there may be an increase in growth of undesirable algae and if the phosphate level is higher than 0.04 mg/L the growth rate of corals and calcareous algae may decrease by as much as 90%.
Washing fish food (a rich source of phosphates) after thawing can significantly reduce the input of phosphate, and using a high grade, phosphate free activated carbon can also help to keep phosphate levels as low as possible.
The Salifert Phosphate test kit detects, in less than 5 seconds, the level of phosphate present.
There are two different ranges within the kit: a low range for phosphate-phosphor from 0.01 - 1 mg/L and a medium range for phosphate-phosphor from 0.02 - 2 mg/L.
Sufficient for 60 tests.
Can be used for marine, fresh and garden pond water.
INSTRUCTIONS for usage
The phosphate values are in ppm phosphate. If you prefer a reading in ppm Phosphate-Phosphor then divide the reading by 3.
HIGHER SENSITIVITY Should you require an even higher sensitivity then double the water sample and the reagents. The scale should be then divided by 2.
Calcium is a major constituent of coralline algae, the skeletal material of hard corals and the skeletal needles of soft/leather corals. In many cases too low a calcium concentration retards coral and coralline algae growth.
Calcium also fulfills many important biological functions.
In a healthy aquarium, the growth and multiplication of corals, calcareous algae and other organisms can result in calcium depletion. To maintain a stable environment it is important that the calcium content should not fluctuate by more than 15 mg/L from the optimum range of 420 - 450 mg/L so regular testing should be carried out.
This means that any calcium test used should have an accuracy of significantly less than 15mg/L otherwise it will be difficult to monitor such fluctuations.
The Salifert test kit measures in steps of 5 mg/L and has an accuracy of 10 mg/L.
The color change is precise, detecting small but significant fluctuations in the concentration of calcium.
The test is not affected by magnesium.
Sufficient for 50-100 tests.
Can be used for marine water, freshwater and garden pond water
Ca-1 reagent contains sodium hydroxide and is strongly irritating to skin and eyes. In case of contact with skin wash with plenty of water. In case of contact with the eyes wash with plenty water and consult a physician immediately.
Not for consumption. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed contact a physician immediately.
INSTRUCTIONS for usage.
Natural seawater contains 400 - 425 ppm calcium.
Dymax Glass Hydrometer is a 2 in 1 floating hydrometer cum thermometer. It is made of quality glass to provide cyrstal clear reading and its special colour scale is for easy reading of the measurement. Accuracy on specific gravity, salinity and conductivity.