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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Phosphate Test Kit (150 Tests)

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Phosphate Test Kit (150 Tests)

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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Phosphate Test Kit (150 Tests) Information




Phosphates in aquariums aren`t welcome because they are the primary food source of algae. If phosphates are abundant in a fish tank, the growth of algae isn`t too far behind. Algae are parasitic organisms that heavily rely -- as parasites do -- on healthy fish and corals. No matter how much you care for your fish and corals, if your tank has algae, then the algae will just eat up the nutrients meant for your pets.

Of course, the obvious solution is to not put phosphates in the water. But that can`t be avoided because phosphates come from organic matter such as fish waste, uneaten fish feed, and dead algae. Also, some water treatments done on tap water to make it a suitable aquatic environment can add phosphate to the aquarium, too.

To make sure that the phosphate levels in your tank are always under control, use the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater/Saltwater Phosphate Test Kit from Pet Store. This kit can read anywhere between 0-10 mg or ppm of phosphate in the water. If the test shows high phosphate levels, you can act on lowering them right away. But without the test, you will have no way of knowing, and you will not be able to stop the problem before it can start its destructive path.

The Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater/Saltwater Phosphate Test Kit can be used in either saltwater or freshwater tanks. The color charts that come with the kit have one color corresponding to saltwater and another to freshwater, so make sure to consult this chart carefully when doing the tests.

Test reads 0 to 10 mg/ or parts per million (ppm) of phosphate. Helps to decrease the likelyhood og having unsightly algae and green water blooms.Test kit of 150 tests.

Why test for Phosphate?
Phosphate enters the aquarium from fish and invertebrate waste and decaying organic matter, such as dead algae and uneaten fish food. Water treatment facilities may add phosphate to tap water to prevent pipe corrosion and reduce concentrations of heavy metals in drinking water.

Unnecessary phosphate may cause an undesirable cloud or tint in aquarium water. In saltwater aquariums, phosphate precipitates dissolved calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) ions, inhibiting the growth of hard corals and other reef-building organisms.

Testing Tips:
The Phosphate Test Kit reads the total phosphate level in parts per million (ppm), which are equivalent to milligrams per liter (mg/L) from 0 ppm (mg/L) to 10.0 ppm (mg/L), in either freshwater or saltwater aquariums. There are two Phosphate Test Color Charts – one for freshwater aquariums, and one for saltwater aquariums – so be sure to use the correct chart for your type of aquarium when interpreting test results. The Freshwater Phosphate Test Color Chart is the appropriate chart to use for testing freshwater aquariums to which salt has been added or for testing a pond.

Directions for Testing Phosphate Levels
  • 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 the test tube with 5ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
    • Add 6 drops from Phosphate Test Solution Bottle #1 to the test tube, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
    • Cap and shake the test tube vigorously for 5 seconds.
    • Add 6 drops from Phosphate Test Solution Bottle #2 to the test tube, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample. Bottle #2 has a very thick solution and may require increased pressure while squeezing to release drops.
    • Cap and shake the test tube vigorously for 5 seconds.
    • Wait 3 minutes for full color to develop.
    • After waiting 3 minutes. read the test results by matching the test solution against the appropriate Phosphate 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 total phosphate (PO3–4) in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.
What the Test Results Mean:
Ideally, the phosphate level should be zero in saltwater aquariums and freshwater aquariums or ponds, including those containing live plants. The phosphate level in a new aquarium will depend on the purity of the water used to fill the aquarium. Phosphate level in tap water can vary daily depending on the treatment process used. Phosphate tends to accumulate in established aquariums.

Reducing Phosphate using Phos-Zorb™:
To continually remove phosphate from the aquarium, use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Phos-Zorb. Phos-Zorb is a special filtration resin that removes phosphate and silicate ions from freshwater and saltwater aquariums.

Reducing Phosphate by Water Changes:
To quickly reduce phosphate levels, perform a partial water change. Remove any dirt and uneaten fish food from the bottom of the aquarium and change 25% to 50% of the water, depending on the phosphate concentration. To be sure the water source does not contain phosphate, use the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Tap Water Filter™ to remove all unwanted phosphate before adding water to your aquarium.




Manufacturer Info

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Supplies
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) has been helping people take good care of ornamental fish for over 40 years. Their research and development scientists have advanced the care of fish with all-natural medications, stable bacteria for biological filtration, one-bottle test kits, consumer-friendly dosing caps and much more. They’ve received over 25 global patents for their breakthrough innovations in the aquatics industry. And they continue to look for ways to improve the fishkeeping experience for hobbyists. Research. Experience. Dedication to scientific, quality treatment for healthy fish. It’s what makes API the first choice of aquarium owners. API manufactures and sells hundreds of products across many different product categories, including aquarium and pond treatments, aquarium equipment, aquariums and fish nutrition.

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Phosphate Test Kit (150 Tests) Reviews



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Posted: 3/28/2013 from HAVERTOWN, PA UNITED STATES
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Experience Level: Expert


Comments: Test Kit is worth the money. The quick dip test strips are convenient but expensive. I rather use individual test kits, so not to waste doing test I do not need to do.


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very basic

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Posted: 6/18/2012 from ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL UNITED S
3.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner


Comments: average test kit, but much more basic than others.


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Great buy!!!

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Posted: 3/21/2011 from ALTURAS, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: API test kits are so simple to use...this kit is perfect!


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great

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Posted: 2/24/2011 from Yucaipa, CA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner


Comments: easy to use and accurate


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API = Easy

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Posted: 11/1/2010 from GAUTIER, MS UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I currently have three stand alone tests plus the marine test kit and I love them. Every test is quick and easy to use. I will always use API tests--fast, accurate, dependable and easy to perform.


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phos test

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Posted: 6/20/2008 from MAYNOOTH, IRELAND
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Comments: easy to use does what its suppose to good value for money


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Highly recommend

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Posted: 5/28/2008 from CORPUS CHRISTI, TX UNITED STAT
5.0 5
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Comments: The kit came complete with everything I needed. Easy to understand instructions. Only took me three or four minutes to do this very important test. Results were easy to read. I am making this kit part of my weekly testing and would recommend to anyone they include it in thiers.


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It works

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Posted: 8/21/2007 from ALBUQUERQUE, NM UNITED STATES
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Comments: I tested my RO/DI water and found nothing but tested my tap water and found phosphates. Enough said.


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Posted: 8/6/2007 from SCOTTSDALE, AZ UNITED STATES
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Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I got 0.0 readings for several weeks, then took a sample for testing (Salifert) and the result was 1.0.


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Not very sensative.

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3.0 5


Comments: Despite readings of 0ppm consistently, green hair algae remains.


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