There are so many things to think about when you're taking care of aquariums. Are the copper levels safe? Is there enough calcium? Is the pH level neutral? Is there ammonia in the tank? Is enough oxygen circulating inside? How about carbon dioxide? Those are just some of the questions you need to think about if you are managing a fish tank
As if those questions are not enough, you also have to consider the hardness of the water. Hardness is determined by the concentration of the elements calcium and magnesium in it. If either one of these elements are low in supply, the water is considered soft. The reverse is true -- if these elements are present in high amounts, then the water is considered hard.
The ideal level of hardness of aquarium water depends largely on the type of fish and plants it contains. But whatever the hardness level your aquarium considers ideal, one thing is certain: You have to always check if your aquarium maintains its ideal hardness level.
To do this, you need the Elos Aqua test Kit - General Hardness from Pet Store
which is used specifically to test the hardness level of water. Each kit comes with precisely calibrated droppers used to test the water.
Each Elos Aqua test Kit - General Hardness can perform as much as 50 tests.ELOS AQUA TEST KIT- GENERAL HARDNESS (FreshWater)
General Hardness is primarily the concentration of Calcium (Ca++) and Magnesium (Mg++), the two most important metal cations with more than single positive charge. If the amount of these salts is low, then the water is called soft. When their amount is higher, the water is called hard.
Total hardness is normally given in German degrees (dH°), whereby 1 dH° is equal to 10 mg/Lt dissolved Calcium oxide. The concentration of these salts inside the water effect the biological functions of plants and fishes. The optimal value for the General Hardness depends on the species of fish and plants. Where many African and South East Asian species flourish in relatively hard water, South American ones may need soft water. By the way, if a range of hardness of 3 to 16 dH° is accepted, a range of 4 to 10 dH° is considered to be ideal.
The periodical analytical evaluation of GH in an aquarium is crucial for a serious aquarium enthusiast.
ELOS AquaTest GH, as well as all the other titrimetric test kits of this line, grant very high precision thanks to several procedures like the use of calibrated droppers with constant and predefined drops of 0,03 ml each, the validation of our reagents, through NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology) validation and the careful stock management to supply to our customers ONLY the freshest production batch.
HIGHLIGHTS: High precision: thanks to the use of calibrated droppers NIST validation: each batch is validated using NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology) samples. High number of test per kit: up to 50 test (with a standard GH level of 10 dGH) "Safe reagents": reagents and testing procedures are based on Low Risk Reagents. None of our test kits are based on Toxic Reagents.