||Precision test kit for water parameters crucial to marine aquariums
||Easy-to-use aquarium test kit for beginners and experienced reef-keepers
||Economical and accurate aquarium test kit simplifies routine testing
Economical solution for monitoring crucial saltwater parameters. High sensitivity levels for each test ensure precise results. Special test plates let you run multiple tests simultaneously for ideal efficiency. Marine Basic Kit is great for the beginning saltwater hobbyist. Includes 75 tests each for pH, alkalinity, free/total ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Reef Special Kit tests parameters important for reef inhabitant health, including 75 tests each for phosphate, silicate, and iodide/iodine.
Reef Special Kit
Instructions for Phosphate Test
- Fill sample pipette to base of bulb with aquarium water to be tested. Dispense into a test cavity of the test plate.
- Add one drop of Phosphate Reagent 1. Add 2 drops of Phosphate Reagent 2. Stir briefly with stir rod.
- After about 5 seconds to 30 seconds (or time frame that produces good matching with scale), compare color to chart to determine concentration.
- Promptly dispose of the completed test solutions by rinsing test cavity under running water. If the test plate becomes stained, soak or clean with a dilute bleach cleaner, then rinse well.
Instructions for Silicate Test - Normal Range
- Fill sample pipette to base of bulb with aquarium water and dispense to a test cavity of the test plate.
- Add one drop of Silicate Reagent 1a and one drop of Silicate Reagent 1b to the sample. Wait 4 minutes.
- Add one drop of Silicate Reagent 2.
- Insert dry stir rod into Silicate Reagent 3 container to coat with a light dusting of powder. Dip stirring rod with Silicate Reagent 3 in test cavity and stir briefly.
- Compare color to color chart after about 1-2 minutes.
- Promptly dispose of completed test solutions by rinsing test cavity under running water. If the test plate becomes stained, soak or clean with a dilute bleach cleaner, then rinse well.
Instructions for Silicate Test - Low range
Values below 2 mg/L can be difficult to discern on the color scale. If you need a more exact number in this range you can run a low range version of the test. Note that this option will consume the equivalent of 6 normal range tests for each low range test done.
- Fill the low range cuvette to within 1 cm (0.5 inches) from the top with aquarium water sample.
- Add 6 drops of Silicate Reagent 1a and 6 drops of Silicate Reagent 1b. Cap and invert to mix. Wait 4 minutes.
- Add 6 drops of Silicate Reagent 2. Cap and invert to mix.
- Insert dry stir rod into Silicate Reagent 3 container to coat with a light dusting of powder. Dip stirring rod with Silicate Reagent 3 into cuvette and stir briefly. Cap and invert to mix.
- Compare color to color chart after 2-4 minutes. Match color against color scale by viewing from top to bottom (not side to side) against a white background. Divide result by 4 to obtain actual value (e.g., if it looks like 8 mg/L then the actual value is 2 mg/L). Color will have more of a green hue so base comparison more on color intensity and less on exact color hue.
Instructions for Iodine and Iodide
- Prepare working Iodide Reagent 2: (a) fill empty plastic vial to thread level with deionized (DI) or distilled water (not supplied); reverse osmosis (RO) water may not be sufficiently pure; add 1 drop Iodide Reagent 2a (using dispensing pipette) and 1 drop Iodide Reagent 2b; (b) cap vial and mix; (c) wait 5 minutes before using. The working Iodide Reagent 2 solution is usable for 3-4 hours.
- Using supplied spoon, dispense one level measure of Iodide Reagent 1 to a test cavity.
- Add one full stem of sample aquarium water using sample pipette to the test cavity containing Iodide Reagent 1. (If a blue color develops now, elemental iodine is indicated. This should be viewed as a hazardous status. Use a dechlorinator such as Prime to remove elemental iodine.)
- Add 2 drops Iodide Reagent 2 (that you already prepared in Step 1 above) with dispensing pipette to the test cavity and stir briefly with straight end of spoon. It is normal for not all of the powder to dissolve.
- Promptly compare color to color chart as soon as color peaks (20-40 seconds). Peak color will remain stable for about a minute. Rinse out test plate after use and dry.