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50 Test strips for aquarium and pond water.
6 IN 1 TEST is intended for measuring the concentration of nitrates, nitrites, general and carbonate hardness, pH level and concentration of total chlorine in fresh water. 6 IN 1 TEST is safe, non-toxic and simple to use. Simply dip the strip in the sample of water to be tested and after a moment read the results for six chemical parameters. The analysis of water has never been easier!
6 IN 1 TEST is intended for measuring the concentration of nitrates, nitrites, general and carbonate hardness, pH level and concentration of total chlorine in fresh water.
Instruction for use:
Remove a test strip from the bottle. Replace the cap tightly.
Hold the strip at the end with no test pads.
Dip the strip into the aquarium water and move with it for about 2-3 seconds.
After removing the strip shake the water excess, and after one second hold the strip horizontally and compare the test pad for chlorine with the colour chart.
After 60 seconds compare the rest of the test pads with the colour chart.
IMPORTANT: Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture!
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF WATER
Nitrates (NO3-) are the products of the biological oxidation of nitrites by nitrifying bacteria. Nitrates are used by plants as a food source but their high concentration may lead to algae infestation and poisoning of delicate species of fish.
Interpretation of the result: below 25 mg/l perfect conditions, 25-50 mg/l conditions favourable for algae growth, 50-100 mg/l conditions harmful in a longer period of time, excessive algae growth, 100-250 mg/l dangerous conditions, excessive algae growth.
Nitrites (NO2-) are the products of the biological oxidation of ammonium ions by nitrifying bacteria. Nitrites are extremely harmful to fish. The nitrite concentration should be controlled in new tanks, during and after treatment with bactericidal preparations and after observing signs of distress in the fish.
Interpretation of the result: 0.0 mg/l perfect conditions, 0.5 mg/l harmful conditions, above 0.5 mg/l dangerous conditions.
General hardness (GH) is an indication of the concentration of bivalent ions, chiefly calcium and magnesium, in water. Water hardness affects fish’s mood and their spawning. Most freshwater aquarium fish and plants do well at a total hardness of 8 16°dGH.
Interpretation of result depends on the requirements of each individual fish species: 0-4°dGH very soft water, 4-8°dGH soft water, 8-16°dGH medium hard water.
Carbonate hardness (KH) maintains the water pH at a stable level and limits its fluctuation. If the carbonate hardness is too low (4°dKH or less) the pH of the water may be subject to fluctuations which are very unfavourable to fish. However, too high a carbonate hardness will make it difficult to lower the pH. The ideal level for most freshwater tanks is 6-10°dKH.
Interpretation of the result depends on the requirements of each individual fish species: 0-3°dKH too low, 6-10°dKH perfect, 15-20°dKH too high.
Water pH level. The majority of freshwater fish species live in water, where pH ranges between 6.0 and 8.0. The appropriate pH level keeps fish healthy and guarantees the proper development of plants. The pH should be measured at least once a week or immediately after observing any signs of distress in the fish. Food waste, some types rocks, gravels, shells, roots, partial water changes and excessive plant growth can cause pH changes, which may cause stress to the fish.
Interpretation of result depends on the requirements of each individual fish species: <6.4 pH acidic water, 6.8 pH slightly acidic water, 7.2 pH slightly alkaline water, >7.6 pH alkaline water.
Total chlorine (Cl2). Chlorine and its compounds are used for disinfecting tap water. These substances are harmful to ornamental fish. You should control the chlorine concentration in water intended for water changes and for setting up new tanks.
Interpretation of the result: 0.0 mg/l perfect conditions, 0.8 mg/l and above dangerous conditions.