Titration test for the determination of phosphate in seawater.
The Salifert Phosphate-Test is a simple and quick titration test with clear color gradation.
Information about the water test:
Manual, cuvettes and dosing syringe included.
Phosphate - what is that?
Phosphate belongs together with nitrate to the macro nutrients.
Where does the phosphate in my aquarium come from?
Phosphates are usually introduced by food. However, dying organisms, contaminated water, sand or rocks can also lead to an increase in phosphate-levels. In addition, calcium reactors, which are operated with crushed coral, are a source of phosphate.
Why is the determination of phosphate important?
High phosphate concentrations can lead to unwanted algae growth. In addition, there are negative effects on the growth and coloration of corals. Therefore you have to ensure that the phosphate concentration in your reef aquarium is in a range of 0.01 - 0.05 mg/l.
Despite the negative aspects listed above, you should not forget that phosphate is a vital nutrient. A long lasting lack of phosphate will inevitably lead to the death of your corals.