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Tank Guard 5-1 Test Strips are firm plastic strips to which 5
several different reagent areas are affixed.
Tank Guard 5-1 Test Strips provide tests for pH, Nitrite, Nitrate,
Hardness/Chlorine and Alkalinity in one strip. Tank Guard 1-1 ,such
as Ammonia ,also can be obtained .
?? Fast: To Compare test areas with
color chart in 60 seconds
?? Easy: Professional training is
not a must.
?? 5-in-1: 5 items in one strip
EASY TO USE:
strip into the water to be checked and remove immediately.
strip against bottle to compare color pads to the color chart at
the times specified.
of strip when finished. Reuse of strips will not yield results.
WHY DO I NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WATER
Water quality has serious effects on the health of your fish.
If the water quality is balanced, you fish lead healthy lives. However,
if the water quality is poor, then they will suffer and in many
The only way to ensure that your fish are
healthy is to monitor their water quality.
Although the water in your tank may look clean there are often
many dissolved materials in the water that may affect the health
of your fish. For example:
， Disinfectants from chloramines and chlorine (from tap water)
， Chemicals that cause the pH to be basic,
neutral, or acidic
， Dissolved bicarbonates and carbonates that
stabilize pH (buffers)
， Organic material
， Dissolved nitrate
WHAT CHEMICAL PROPERTIES ARE IMPORTANT TO AQUARIUM WATER?
It is not necessary to measure
all the properties of water since only a few affect the health
of your fish. Aqua-Check Test Strips allow you to monitor the
water quality to help maintain a healthy environment.
The following chemical properties
are important to water:
， pH: This term is used to describe
the amount of acidity or basicity in a solution. It is measured
on a scale from 1-14 (pH=1 is strongly acidic, pH=7 is neutral,
and pH=14 is strongly basic).
， Ammonia: The fish waste in your aquarium and excess food leads
to a buildup of a chemical called Ammonia.
， Nitrate & Nitrite: In your aquarium, bacteria converts
ammonia to a less toxic chemical called
nitrate. Nitrosomonas converts ammonia to nitrite. Nitrobacter
converts nitrite to nitrate.
Nitrate is less toxic than nitrite and is used as a food source
by live plants. The process of converting ammonia to nitrate is
diagramed in the Nitrogen Cycle.