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NO2/NO3 Test

Nitrite/ Nitrate test for fresh and saltwater aquariums

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Measuring range & accuracy

Measurement range for nitrite: 0 - 2.0 mg/l (ppm)

Measurement range for nitrate: 0.5 - 50 mg/l (ppm)

Accuracy for nitrite: 0.02 mg/l (ppm)

Accuracy for nitrate: 0.5 mg/l (ppm)

 

About nitrite and nitrate

Nitrite (NO2–) and nitrate ions (NO3–) are formed from ammonium (NH4+) as part of the nitrification process. Nitrite, which is highly poisonous to freshwater species, is produced in the first stage of the bacterial process. If the nitrification process works, nitrite is converted to nitrate in the second stage. Higher concentrations of nitrate in saltwater aquariums will end up inhibiting the growth of delicate corals. A danger posed by high nitrate content for all aquariums is the strong boost it provides to algae growth. In rare cases, nitrate shortages can also occur. Therefore, the concentrations of nitrite and nitrate in the aquarium water should be tested regularly.

As a general rule, the nitrite concentration should be less than 0.2 mg/l (ppm) in all aquariums wherever possible. It is advisable to keep the nitrate concentration in freshwater aquariums below 50 mg/l (ppm), whereas the concentration should not exceed 20 mg/l (ppm) in saltwater applications. When nurturing hard corals, the aim is to keep the nitrate concentration below 10 mg/l (ppm). Lower limits for nitrate depend on the general conditions in the aquarium.

 

Package contents 

  • 20 ml / 0.68 fl.oz. of reagent A

  • 20 ml / 0.68 fl.oz. of reagent B

  • 10 ml / 0.34 fl.oz. of reagent C

  • 1 glass cuvette 10 ml

  • 1 dosing syringe 5 ml

  • 1 colour card

  • 1 instructions for use

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Instructions for use

Note: Nitrite concentrations affect the nitrate measurement. Therefore, the nitrite concentration should also be measured and, if required, the nitrate results should be corrected in relation to the table below before carrying out the nitrate measurement. High nitrite levels are usually found in tanks that are in their maturation phase or in tanks with nitrate filters.

Determining the nitrite level:

  1. Shake the dropper bottles before use!

  2. Rinse out the glass cuvette with tap water and then several times with aquarium water.

  3. Fill the glass cuvette with exactly 5 ml of aquarium water using the dosing syringe.

  4. Add 5 drops of test reagent A, close the glass cuvette using the stopper and briefly shake the solution.

  5. Add 2 drops of test reagent C, close the glass cuvette once again and briefly shake it.

  6. After 3 minutes of development time, place the glass cuvette on the white circles of the nitrite colour card and compare it to the opposing colour fields. To do this, look into the open cuvette from above. Move the sample on the colour card until the cuvette and the colour field match exactly. If the colours do not match exactly, an intermediate value can be estimated.

  7. Read off the measured nitrite value under the relevant colour field.

Determining the nitrate level:

  1. Shake the dropper bottles before use!

  2. Rinse out the glass cuvette with tap water and then several times with aquarium water.

  3. Fill the glass cuvette with exactly 5 ml of aquarium water using the dosing syringe.

  4. Add 10 drops of test reagent A, close the glass cuvette using the stopper and briefly shake the solution.

  5. Shake the bottle with test reagent B vigorously in a horizontal direction for approx. 30 seconds (the reagent must be wellshaken). Then add 10 drops of test reagent B, close the cuvette again, shake it briefly and set it aside.

  6. After 3 minutes of development time, add 4 drops of test reagent C, close the glass cuvette once again and briefly shake it.

  7. After another 3 minutes of development time, open the test cuvette and place it on the white circles of the nitrate colour card and compare it to the opposing colour fields. To do this, look into the open cuvette from above. Move the sample on the colour card until the cuvette and the colour field match exactly. If the colours do not match exactly, an intermediate value can be estimated.

  8. Read off the measured nitrate value under the relevant colour field. Correct the result if necessary (see table below).

  9. Rinse out the glass cuvette and the syringe thoroughly with tap water after the measurement process.

Shelf life and storage: 6 months after opening. Store in a cool, dark place.

Table for correction of nitrate concentration:

* Nitrate concentration cannot be determined because of the high nitrite level

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Measures in the event of unfavorable values

If the nitrite and/or nitrate concentration in the water is too high, we recommend:

Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about this product can be found in our FAQ section.

Container sizes

NO2/NO3-Test                       Art. Nr. 28260                                                      

Refill Pack                             Art. Nr. 28780