Use aquarium controllers, monitors and test kits to measure key water parameters.
Waterlife Nitrate Test Kit - Measures nitrate which causes algae growth.
What is nitrate?
Nitrite is oxidised into Nitrate (chemical symbol NO3) by nitrobacter, filtration bacteria. Excessive levels of nitrate in an aquarium are responsible for poor fish colouration, lehtargy, a failure to breed, and excessive algae growth. In seawater, high nitrates are also responsible for stunted coral growth.
Ideal parameters for seawater is 0-20ppm and freshwater is 0-50ppm.
The Waterlife nitrate test gives a colour reading within 6 minutes, indicating nitrate levels.
Range covered 0 to 200 mg/l.
What to do should a reading occur?
Check you are not overfeeding. Carry out an immediate 25% partial water change, (using Waterlife Haloex) to dilute the nitrate.?Add more live plants. In freshwater, nitrate can be removed with Waterlife's Nitraway.
Suitable for marine, tropical freshwater and coldwater aquaria.
Broad Range pH Test Kit - Measures acidity or alkalinity of water.
What is pH?
PH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of water. pH7 is neutral, above pH 7 is alkaline and below is acid.
The Waterlife Broad Range kit a rapid and easy to use test that gives an instant colour reading.
Range covered pH 5 to pH 9.
How to adjust pH?
The pH can be lowered for acid loving soft water fish using Waterlife 6.5 Buffer or Waterlife Humaquat. pH can be adjusted to 7.2 for most community aquarium fish using Waterlife 7.2 Buffer.
Waterlife pH 8.3 buffer will create ideal conditions for hard water species.
Waterlife buffers not only adjust the water pH but increase the buffering capacity reducing the chances of a pH crash.
Suitable for tropical freshwater and coldwater aquaria.