The biological filter
in your aquarium takes away the ammonia in the water. But if your fish still look sickly with this working, it could be due to nitrite poisoning. Get an Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater /Saltwater Nitrite Test Kit from Pet Store
right away and test your tank's nitrite level. Nitrite is present in some aquariums because of the good bacteria in the biological filter. When they break down ammonia, they produce nitrite, which is equally toxic. High nitrite levels hurt fish's respiratory and immune system, making them weaker and more vulnerable to diseases. If left untreated, it could eventually lead to fish death.
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater /Saltwater Nitrite Test Kit is an easy tool to prevent this from happening. To test, fill the provided test tube with water from your aquarium until the line. Put in five drops of the solution and wait five minutes for the color to appear. When it does, compare the shade to the chart provided. The closest one indicates how much nitrite is in your water, which you should treat accordingly. Do this once a week to ensure that the nitrite level doesn't spike. Don't let your fish swim in dangerous water. Keep your aquarium's nitrite level in check with Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater /Saltwater Nitrite Test Kit.
Tests for nitrite in freshwater & saltwater aquariums. Toxic nitrite is produced by nitrifying bacteria in the biological filter as it breaks down ammonia. This kit tests for harmful nitrite and measures levels from 0 to 5.0 ppm. 180 tests per kit.Freshwater/Saltwater Nitrite Test Instructions:Why Test For Nitrite?
Nitrite (NO2-) is produced in the aquarium by the biological filter. Beneficial bacteria in the biological filter convert toxic ammonia into nitrite (also toxic). The biological filter then converts nitrite into nitrate (NO3-). Testing for the presence of toxic nitrite is essential, so that once detected, steps can be taken to remove it. Otherwise, nitrite in the aquarium will prevent fish from carrying on normal respiration. High levels of nitrite quickly lead to fish death. Even trace amounts of nitrite stress fish, suppressing their immune system and, thereby, increase the likelihood of disease and subsequent fish loss.Testing Tips:
This test kit reads total nitrite (NO2-) level in parts per million (ppm) which are equivalent to milligrams per Liter (mg/L) from 0 ppm to 5.0 ppm, in either fresh or saltwater aquariums. Other nitrite test kits that measure nitrite-nitrogen (NO2-N) will give readings 3.3 times LESS than this test kit.Directions for Testing Nitrite:
What The Test Results Mean:
- Read thoroughly before testing. Do not allow test solutions to get into aquarium.
- To remove childproof safety cap: With one hand, push red tab left with thumb while unscrewing cap with free hand.
- Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
- Add 5 drops of Nitrite Test Solution, holding dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
- Cap the test tube and shake the tube for 5 seconds. Do not hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect test results.
- Wait five minutes for the color to develop.
- Read the test results by matching the color of the solution against those on the Nitrite Test Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of nitrite in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.
Monitoring Nitrite Levels:
- In new freshwater and saltwater aquariums the nitrite level will gradually climb to 10 ppm (mg/L) or more. As the biological filter becomes established (in 4 to 6 weeks), nitrite levels will drop to 0 ppm (mg/L). In an established aquarium, the nitrite level should always remain at 0 ppm (mg/L). The presence of nitrite indicates possible over-feeding, too many fish, or inadequate biological filtration.
- The nitrite level is not an indication of the ammonia level; ammonia is another toxic waste material which must be tested separately.
Regular testing for nitrite is an essential part of routine aquarium maintenance. Aquarium water should be tested for nitrite once a week to make sure the nitrite does not reach undesirable level.Reducing Nitrite in the AquariumFreshwater
Use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Nitra-Zorb™ to remove nitrite from freshwater aquariums. Nitra-Zorb is a rechargeable filtration material that removes nitrite from freshwater. Making partial water changes can also help reduce the nitrite level, especially if the initial nitrite level is very high. Use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals STRESS ZYME® to help speed the development of the biological filter. Adding Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Salt will reduce nitrite toxicity to fish while the biological filter is removing the nitrite.Saltwater
Partial water changes will lower nitrite in a saltwater aquarium. Use Aquarium Pharmaceuti