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API Phosphate Test Kit
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- Contains 150 tests
- Tests phosphate levels from 0 to 10 mg/L or ppm
- Contains color chart, clear instructions and glass tube(s)
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API PHOSPHATE TEST KIT
API has been an aquatics industry leader for over 50 years, and we are committed to developing the best products and solutions to simplify the care of aquariums and ponds.
API PHOSPHATE TEST KIT
Phosphate can enter the aquarium through tap water, fish waste, and decaying organics such as uneaten food and dead algae. Excess phosphate contributes to unsightly algae and green water blooms. In saltwater, excess phosphate can inhibit the growth of hard corals.
Kit contains: 2 bottles of liquid test reagent, 2 laminated, computer calibrated color cards, glass test tube with snap-tight cap, step by step instructions and information on how to correct unsafe conditions.
- Tests Phosphate levels from 0 to 10ppm
- For use in both fresh and salt water
API Makes it Simpler
Follow the API EASY CARE GUIDE steps to simplify aquarium care.
Regular Care: Regular testing of key water parameters is an essential part of routine aquarium maintenance. Levels should be tested weekly to make sure they do not reach undesirable levels, as well as when a problem appears. Taking just a few minutes on a regular basis to maintain your aquarium conditions is the key to a healthy aquarium.
Water Problem Solving: When problems develop in an aquarium, it's important to identify the problem and solve it quickly
API NITRATE TEST KIT
Tests Nitrate levels from 0 to 160ppm
For use in both fresh and saltwater
Eliminates cloudy water
Enhances growth of plants in freshwater aquariums
Promotes growth of hard and soft corals
For use in both fresh water, salt water, and reef aquariums
API 5 IN 1 TEST STRIPS
Tests for pH, KH, GH, Nitrate, Nitrite
Highly precise color charts for accurate results
Fast, easy, & accurate
For use in both fresh and salt water
As phosphate increases, so does the chance of having unsightly algae and green water blooms. Test reads 0 to 10 mg/ or parts per million (ppm) of phosphate in fresh or salt water.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not meant to offend or make anyone look stupid but I just hate to see people bash a product just because it wasn't made for their application, which if you read the description for this kit, you can easily see that this product is made for aquariums, NOT POOLS! Also, for someone to think that this is used to remedy Phosphate problems...it says "test kit" and literally says no where in the description that it remedies anything. Even the name of the company is "AQUARIUM Pharmaceuticals"...keyword "Aquarium". Mistakes happen, but regardless of this product being listed in the wrong area, if people would just read the description before hitting "Add to Cart", then these issues wouldn't occur. And if you're still unsure, contact the manufacturer or do a simple Google search...
It's not the products fault that Amazon listed it in the wrong category. READ!!!
Another added bonus. I used to battle green spot algae. That tough algae on the glass that would take 20 minutes of scrubbing with a pad to remove. I read that if you keep your nitrate to phosphate ratio at 10:1 it makes it hard for GSA to grow. Sure enough.... I now regularly test and adjust as needed to keep my ratio at 10:1 Usually I have about 10-15ppm nitrates and 1-1.5 phosphates(after adding phosphorous). After a good cleaning my GSA has never returned. So, this test is critical for me and I perform it weekly.
The API test instructions - up to the point where you read the results - are clear enough. However, they don't tell you the best way to read the colors, which is the most important part of determining your phosphate levels, and this method goes for any such color-reading tests. DON'T lay the test tube against the color chart to compare the colors. Doing so will give you false readings (makes them darker). Instead, hold the test tube parallel to the chart and adjust the distance (about a half-inch away) from the chart until the color is uniform within the tube. Be sure to hold the chart at an angle that shows the colors on the chart best, while comparing the colors.
Many reviews complain that this kit doesn't test very low phosphate levels, and they are right. However, there are reasons to want to test for high phosphate levels ranging up to 10 ppm. For those that want to differentiate between fractional phosphate readings below 3 ppm, get the Salifert test kit. I use both, but in a planted tank using the highly regarded Estimative Index approach to fertilizers, you will often find phosphates going much higher than the 3 ppm upper limits. In a planted tank, you should not be concerned about trying to achieve low phosphate levels. You should be concerned about achieving balanced phosphate levels and that means phosphate readings in the 3-10 ppm area can be ok. Algae does not expand simply because of high phosphate levels in a planted tank.
Important tip: Don't use soap to clean the test vial. The phosphate in the soap will mess up your test readings.