Salifert Test Kits

Salifert Test Kits

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  1. Salifert Ammonia Test Kit

    Salifert Ammonia Test Kit

    $17.45

    Salifert Ammonia Test Kit

    Ammonia and ammonium are substances which should be converted rapidly into nitrite followed by nitrate and nitrogen gas. If this does not happen then the aquarium is not fully cycled or biological processes are not proceeding as they should.

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  2. Salifert Iodine Test Kit

    Salifert Iodine Test Kit

    $34.99

    Test kits which are not capable in detecting iodate might not really be suitable for aquarium use. Since in an aquarium iodide can be transferred to iodate. This means that if a test kit is used not capable in detecting iodate, a false low total iodine concentration (sum of iodate and iodide) will be obtained and the iodate concentration can climb far too high and possibly upsetting the aquarium environment. Learn More
  3. Salifert Magnesium Test

    Salifert Magnesium Test 30ppm

    $25.99

    Magnesium is present in NSW in a fairly high concentration (1300 - 1400 mg/L). Magnesium is an essential part of chlorophyll, which is necessary for photosynthesis. Without photosynthesis plants, including algae and the corals, which we usually have in our aquariums, would not be able to live.

    Magnesium has another important function since in fact makes maintaining the correct combination of calcium concentration and alkalinity or carbonate hardness possible.

    The explanation is as follows. Calcium forms with carbonates and bicarbonates an insoluble compound called calcium carbonate. Yes this is indeed an important building stone for corals and calcareous algae but then it should be formed by biological processes and be deposited at the right place. Therefore formation of calcium carbonate by chemical processes should be avoided.

    Even without biological interference calcium carbonate would be formed and would deplete calcium and alkalinity or carbonate hardness without fulfilling any function. In fact it will scavenge many important trace elements as well lowering the trace element concentration.

    Magnesium slows down this negative process. The lower the magnesium concentration the faster this negative process will take place and also at a much lower calcium and alkalinity/carbonate hardness value.

    Maintaining a correct magnesium concentration is therefore very important and is indirectly responsible for fast coral and calcareous algae growth by virtue of making the maintenance of correct calcium and alkalinity figures possible.

    Magnesium is depleted by algae and is also depleted by the use of excessive kalkwasser and by going far beyond natural calcium and alkalinity and pH values.

    There are also certain brands of salt, which have or had a dramatically low magnesium content. Use of such a salt will result in permanent problems with calcium and carbonate hardness values.

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  4. Salifert Calcium Ultra Profi Test Kit

    Salifert Calcium Ultra Profi Test Kit

    $24.99

    Calcium is a major constituent of calcareous algae, skeletal material of hard corals and the skeletal needles of soft/leather corals. Calcium also fulfills many biological functions.

    Quite often a too low calcium concentration retards coral and calcareous algae growth.

    NSW contains 400 – 450 mg/L calcium. Which is also the value we should strive for. For a stable aquarium environment the fluctuation in calcium content should preferably not more than approx. 15 mg/L. This automatically means that the calcium test should be able to monitor comparable fluctuations.

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  5. Salifert Copper Test Kit

    Salifert Copper Test Kit

    $14.99

    COPPER PROFI-TEST Copper can be present in tap water and in salt mixes. If the copper concentration is higher than approximately 0.03 ppm it will be detected. During treatment of fishes a steady and accurate copper content is the major key to success. This test will aid you in doing this. Test range 0.05 - 2 ppm copper. Learn More
  6. Salifert KH Alkalinity Test Kit

    Salifert KH Alkalinity Test Kit

    $14.99

    Salifert KH Alkalinity Test Kit Information

    Calcium alone cannot form the skeletal material of corals and allow calcareous algae to grow. Some other substances are needed as well. A few other constituents are carbonate and bicarbonate. These two substances also have a major impact on the stabilization of the pH in the proper range of 8.1 – 8.4. Such stabilization is also called buffering.

    The total carbonate and bicarbonate concentration is also called carbonate alkalinity or carbonate hardness. The only difference between alkalinity and carbonate hardness is a conversion factor.

    NSW has an alkalinity of approx. 2.7 meq/L or approx. 7.5 dKH when expressed as carbonate hardness.

    For a stable system the alkalinity or carbonate hardness should have a value similar to NSW or slightly higher and should preferably not fluctuate by more than 5%. This means a maximum fluctuation of 0.14 meq/L or 0.4 dKH.

    Therefore an alkalinity test kit should be capable in measuring in steps smaller than 0.14 meq/L.

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  7. Salifert Nitrite Test Kit

    Salifert Nitrite Test Kit

    $14.65

    Nitrite testing

    Nitrite is a substance that is toxic to fish and invertebrates.

    It is a misconception that once a tank is through its cycle (first 3 or 4 weeks) that nitrite has vanished.

    Many nitrite test kits suffer from interference by amines (such as naturally occurring and essential amino acids) resulting in a too low measured value especially if the nitrite concentration is relatively low.

    Nitrite is converted to nitrate in properly cycled aquariums. The thus formed nitrate is transformed into harmless nitrogen gas (=denitrification). This happens in areas deprived of oxygen within live rock and miscellaneous filter materials.

    Before it can be transformed to nitrogen gas the nitrate is first converted back to nitrite. When for whatever reason this particular cycle can not be completed, toxic nitrite can be present in significant concentration and readily be detected by test kits that do not suffer from amine interference.

    May be used with fresh and salt water aquariums.

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  8. Salifert Nitrate Test Kit

    Salifert Nitrate Test Kit

    $20.45

    Nitrate testing

    When an aquarium has insufficient regions deprived of oxygen (= anaerobic zones) or denitrification proceeds incompletely then nitrate will build-up.

    A too high nitrate concentration can result in unwanted algae-growth and these might irritate corals in their neighborhood.

    Nitrate as such also retards coral growth.

    The nitrate concentration in a proper functioning reef aquarium should preferably be lower than 1 mg/L. Fish-only aquariums would usually show much higher nitrate concentrations.

    Most test kits use a procedure in which a certain part of nitrate is converted chemically into nitrite and is measured as such.

    Once again, just as with nitrite testing, amine interference has a major impact on the measured value. If such an interference occurs concentrations much lower than actual will be measured.

    For Marine Aquarium Use.

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  9. Salifert Phosphate Test Kit

    Salifert Phosphate Test Kit

    $19.49

    Phosphate has several negative effects if present in a too high concentration. First of all undesirable algae growth might result. Making an aquarium an unpleasant sight.

     

    Phosphate also blocks or retards the growth of corals and calcareous algae.

    One of the scientific studies shows that a phosphate concentration higher than 0.05 mg/L decreases the growth of calcareous algae by 90%!

     

    Washing fish food, which is a rich source for phosphates in a sieve after thawing reduces the input of phosphate tremendously. Also avoiding use of phosphate-rich low-grade activated carbon helps keep phosphate levels as low as possible. Checking the activated carbon for phosphate prior to use is therefore highly recommended.

     

    Elevated concentrations of phosphate can be removed by using the liquid Phosphate-Eliminator or the highly effective granular Phosphate-Killer. Both also decrease silicate and organics content and adsorb toxic heavy metals.

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  10. Salifert PH Test Kit

    Salifert PH Test Kit

    $12.99

    The pH value can have a major impact on the growth of corals and calcareous algae and on many biological processes. The pH should not be allowed to fluctuate more than approx. 0.3 units during 24 hours and should preferably be kept between 8.0 and 8.2.


    If the pH is too low then the cause may be a too low alkalinity and/or insufficient aeration.


    A low pH can be corrected by improving aeration and by increasing the alkalinity to NSW (Natural seawater)  value or upto approx 25% above NSW levels.


    The Salifert pH test kit is sufficiently accurate to monitor  pH fluctuations of approx 0.2 pH units. Our KH + pH Buffer allows fast and efficient correction of alkalinity.

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