Spectrum Tetra EasyStrips 6-in-1 Test Strips 25PK
Keep your tank healthy. Maintaining a healthy, safe aquarium environment for your fish is important, and regularly testing your water levels in the aquarium is critical to success. EasyStrips™ are a perfect solution. By quickly testing for all water quality issues in your aquarium water, EasyStrips provide accurate results with minimal effort, and have the most advanced technology in water testing because they're designed from the same medical and scientific laboratory technology. A healthy aquatic environment starts with clean water, so be sure to use EasyStrips to promote a vibrant aquarium.
Tetra® 6-in-1 EasyStrips are easy to use. Just a quick dip in your aquarium water, a 60- second wait, and you will find out your results. This amazing advancement gives you the most accurate results compared to other products that often indicate higher, inaccurate readings. Besides the most accurate results, Tetra 6 in 1 EasyStrips uses 3 pads that test for General water Hardness (GH), nitrates, nitrites, alkalinity (KH), and pH levels.
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF WATER
Tests for water quality in fresh and saltwater aquariums.
Nitrate is the byproduct of nitrifying bacteria in the biological ?lter breaking down ammonia and nitrite. Nitrate is used by aquatic plants and algae as a food source. High levels can lead to excessive algae growth. Levels should be kept below 40 ppm and should be tested weekly.
Nitrite is a waste product produced by bacteria in the biological ?lter as it breaks down ammonia. Nitrite is extremely harmful to ?sh and can result in severe ?sh loss. Levels should be kept below .5 ppm and should be tested weekly.
Hardness is the measure of calcium and magnesium in the water. Water hardness affects the ?sh’s ability to maintain correct balance between its internal body ?uids and the external environment. Hardness below 50 ppm can affect pH, over 150 ppm can result in the formation of white mineral deposits on tanks and equipment. Note: the total hardness pad is not used for saltwater tank readings.
Total chlorine is the measure of free chlorine and chloramine combined. Chlorine and often chloramine are added to city water to destroy harmful bacteria and organisms in drinking water and can be deadly to your ?sh. It is very important that you test your tap water before adding it to your aquarium to ensure the safety of your ?sh.
Alkalinity (buffering capacity) determines the ability to maintain a constant pH in the aquarium. The ideal level for freshwater tanks is 120 - 300 ppm, for saltwater tanks 180 - 300 ppm.
pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity in water. A pH reading of 7.0 is neutral, pH lower than 7.0 is acidic, pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline. Maintaining proper pH is one of the most important elements to keeping a successful aquarium. The correct pH helps to ensure healthy ?sh, encourages breeding, and allows plants to grow properly. Check pH levels once a week as many factors can cause pH changes which can cause stress to your ?sh. Note: buffering capacity should be at least 120 ppm for accurate pH reading.
Instructions for using Tetra EasyStrips™ 6-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips:
1. Remove one test strip from bottle and replace cap tightly.
2. Hold strip at end with no pads. Dip strip into aquarium water for one second.
3. Do not shake excess water from strip.
4. Hold strip level for 60 seconds. Compare test strip colors to scale on bottle.
IMPORTANT: Keep cap on bottle tightly between uses. Store at room temperature. Do not expose to moisture. Do not remove drying agent from bottle as test results may not be accurate over time.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
Refer to the bottom of enclosed bottle for lot number and use-by date.