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API Phosphate Test Kit For Freshwater And Saltwater
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- Contains one (1) API PHOSPHATE TEST KIT 150-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit, including 2 bottles of testing solution, 2 color cards and 1 glass test tube with cap
- Reads phosphate levels between 0-10 ppm
- Helps monitor and adjust pH and prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish and corals
- Prevents excess and unsightly algae which can cause fish stress and inhibit the growth of hard corals
- Use for weekly monitoring and when water or fish problems appear
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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
Keep your fish healthy and thriving by testing your aquarium water's PO4 3- levels regularly with this easy-to-use API PHOSPHATE TEST KIT for freshwater and saltwater aquariums. Testing water parameters weekly helps prevent invisible water problems that can be harmful to fish. Phosphate enters the aquarium from fish and invertebrate waste and decaying organic matter, such as dead algae and uneaten fish food. Excess phosphate contributes to unsightly algae and green water blooms. In saltwater, excess phosphate can inhibit the growth of hard corals. API PHOSPHATE TEST KIT for freshwater and saltwater aquariums contains two phosphate test bottles, test kit instructions, one capped glass test tube, and two color cards to accurately measure phosphate levels in fresh and saltwater aquariums. With API Aquarium products, it’s easy to keep a beautiful saltwater, freshwater or reef aquarium. For over 50 years, API has been creating innovative, research-driven solutions that make it easier to care for your fish and aquarium. API Aquarium Treatment Supplies are designed to work in conjunction with each other to provide best results to control algae, promote healthy bacterial growth and help control and cure fish diseases and conditions such as ich and fin rot. They work to provide a safe, hospitable environment for fish such as tropical community fish, cichlids, goldfish and more. With API, you can spend more time admiring your fish, and less time scrubbing your tank. Make sure to use all products as directed in order to ensure the best results.
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Top customer reviews
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.
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 test is easy and quick enough to use- 6 drops of each reagent, shake for 5 seconds and read after 3 minutes. The card with the color chart is a bit difficult at first, though. The colors are quite opaque on the cards, but not so in the test tube, leading one to wonder if the test was done correctly. It's OK. Use good light, and you will see that the color on the card is in your test tube as well, just watered down.
This test kit is fine for reference for a typical freshwater aquarium. If you need very specific results as opposed to ranges, or must be able to measure between 0 and 0.25 ppm, then this kit is not for you.
Important tip: Don't use soap to clean the test vial. The phosphate in the soap will mess up your test readings.