POND TEST KIT
The most frequently asked question is ‘why do I need to test my water’? and the second question is ‘when’?
Water testing is all part of good pond and livestock maintenance and should become a routing task that goes along with you filter and equipment checking regime. It is all too common for a problem that could have been tackled very easily at the first sign of trouble to become a major problem because of the lack of such a basic check as water testing.
Here we are ofcourse talking about basic water testing and not a test that would require you to send off a sample to a laboratory (this is only in extreme cases when something has perhaps happened within the water supply).
As our introduction on the Water Care page explains we are caretakers of the water and if your water is well taken care off your livestock will practically look after themselves.
Clean, ‘gin’ clear water does not necessarily mean that the water is free from harmful pollutants or impurities. As you can never judge a book by it’s cover you cannot always judge your water quality by just looking at it’s appearance alone. The only guaranteed way to monitor the quality is to test for several parameters using a reputable test kit.
The four most basic of tests to do on a regular basis are those listed below, firstly the three from the Nitrogen Cycle:
Ammonia – often in high concentrations can make the water look cloudy/hazy and is highly toxic to fish.
Nitrite – often called the silent killer, although not as lethal as Ammonia – water looks crystal clear, is still very damaging to fish health.
Nitrate – the product of healthy filtration system, not harmful to the fish themselves but in high quantities can affect their reproductive cycle.
The last of the basic tests is:
pH – this test is for the acidity/alkalinity of the pond water, the pH scale runs from 1 -14 very acidic is 1 and very alkaline water is 14, neutral that is neither has a pH of 7. Ideal pH for a pond is between 7 and 8.
Always test the pond before adding new stock, it isn’t a bad idea to check the water that the fish arrive in first as there can be a very wide discrepancy between your dealers water and your own. Also depending on the time it takes to get your cargo home the water in the receptacle may have become polluted by waste. If there is a large difference just floating the fish on the water surface before introducing them to your pond simply isn’t enough. They need to be introduced by different means. A large bucket or holding bowl out of direct sunlight, place your fish along with the water from your dealer in it and slowly add over a period of around 20/30 minutes water from your pond until you have at least trebled the original amount of water, if in doubt empty some out and begin the process a second time. It is perhaps a good idea to cover the bowl/bucket while carrying out the operation. Then gently net out your fish and release into the pond. It is never a good idea to pour the transportation water into your pond as there may be hidden ‘nasties’ lurking.
The Yamitsu pond test kit is easy to use straight out of the box and is colour coded to make the tests and instructions for simple identification very straightforward.
The handy storage case is made from a strong durable plastic and also doubles up as a sturdy workstation while you are carrying out your testing.
This range of kits enables easy monitoring of the water quality in your pond so therefore helping you to keep the water clean and safe for your fish. These kits can test for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and pH whilst also providing you with guidelines on safe levels. Always remember just as clean air is required for us to live, clean water is essential for any aquatic life.
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