An effective and reliable test kit ideal for use in freshwater and salt water aquariums, the API Nitrate Test Kit measures nitrate levels from 0 to 160 ppm, and is a simple 2 bottle test.
Nitrate is produced in the aquarium by the biological filter. Beneficial bacteria in the biological filter converts toxic ammonia and nitrite into nitrate. A high nitrate level indicates a build up of fish waste and organic compounds, resulting in poor water quality and contributing to the likelihood of fish disease. Maintaining a low nitrate level improves the health of fish and invertebrates. Excess nitrate also provides a nitrogen source that can stimulate algal blooms. High nitrate levels lead to algae growth and poor fish health in your aquarium, so it is recommended you test your aquarium water once a week to make sure the nitrate does not reach an undesirable level.
Each pack contains 90 tests.
Testing Tip: This test kit reads total nitrate (No3-) level in parts per million (ppm ) which are equivalent to milligrams per litre (mg/L) from 0 – 160 ppm.
Directions for Use:
Fill a clean test tube with 5ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube)
Add 10 drops from the Nitrate Test Solution Bottle, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops.
Cap the test tube and invert tube several times to mix the solution
Vigorously shakes the Nitrate Test Solution Bottle for at least 30 seconds. This step is extremely important to ensure accuracy of test results
Add 10 drops from the Nitrate Test Solution Bottle, holding the dropper upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops
Cap the test tube and shake vigorously for 1 minute.Â This step is extremely important to ensure accuracy of test results
Wait 5 minutes for the colour to develop
Read the test results b y comparing the colour of the solution to the appropriate Nitrate Colour Card (choose either Freshwater or Saltwater). The tube should be viewed in a well-lit area against the white area of the card. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of the nitrate in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after use.
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