Consistency in testing your pond water is paramount to maintaining a healthy environment. Individual or, “one-time” tests are only significant if the test results indicate a toxic or dangerous condition, such as high ammonia, where corrective action has to be taken immediately. The greatest benefit of testing, however, is obtained when results are monitored over a period of time, so that trends can be noted early. Being aware of your pond's water quality allows you to take corrective action before the problem gets out of hand. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
How often, and what, should you test?
Normally, tests for KH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and temperature should be made once every week or two. Tests should be made more frequently any time there is a change in the pond, such as spring warming, new filter installation, major pond cleaning or repair. At such times daily tests for certain items may be necessary, for example pH test during cement work and ammonia and nitrite tests for new filters.
During stable periods such as mild summers, testing may be cut back to once every three weeks, and during periods of midwinter inactivity, testing can be eliminated.
Nutrafin?s Ammonia Test (0.0 - 6.1 mg/L) measures ammonia in fresh and saltwater aquariums. Ammonia should be tested on a weekly basis, as it is the most toxic and potentially lethal nitrogen compound for fish.
The kit provides up to 50 tests and includes:
- One 15 mL (0.5 oz) bottle of Ammonia fresh...(click on product image for more details)
This brand is hands down, our favourite KH test kit. We use this one here at the shop, and find it very accurate and very simple to use.
People underestimate how important KH is to your pond. KH is calcium carbonate and single handily keeps your PH from crashing, makes your bio filter work better,...(click on product image for more details)
Nutrafin?s Nitrite Test (0.0 - 3.3 mg/L) measures the nitrite levels in fresh or saltwater aquariums. Nitrite should be tested on a weekly basis, as it is a toxic and potentially lethal nitrogen compound for fish.
The kit provides up to 75 tests and includes:
One 16 mL (0.5 fl oz) Bottle of Nitrite...(click on product image for more details)
Nutrafin?s pH Wide Range Test (4.5 - 9.0) measures the general range of pH in fresh or salt water aquariums. Most fish species require specific levels of pH to survive. By determining whether your aquarium water is acidic or alkaline, you can create a natural habitat for your fish.
The kit provides up...(click on product image for more details)