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If the water from the waterworks, for example, is demonstrably free of copper (Cu), this still does not mean that the water that ultimately ends up in our aquarium is also free of copper. If the pipes in the house are made of this metal, it is still possible that copper is in the aquarium water - which is absolutely deadly for shrimps, crabs, snails, crabs and mussels and, depending on the concentration of copper ions, not healthy for fish either. Also in the aquarium itself, biochemical processes, especially in the filter, can change the water values again quite decisively, and also the plants and even some decoration materials like real roots or sea almond leaves and alder suppositories contribute their part to increase or decrease some values. So at best, the water values chart from the water company can provide a rough guide as to which animals can or cannot be maintained.
Many pet stores offer water tests as a service, often even free of charge - unfortunately, however, possible emergencies do not necessarily adhere to the legal store opening hours. Therefore, it is good to have the most important water tests on hand at home in any case, so that you can intervene early in case of emerging problems. It is important whether you have fish or shrimp in the aquarium, because they can react differently to the same substances in the water.
Opinions differ as to whether drop or strip tests should be used. Many advocate droplet tests because of their somewhat greater accuracy. For a quick check in between, however, strip tests can be quite sufficient.
Test kits contain the most common tests. However, since they are still sometimes designed for fish keeping, we list the most important water tests especially for shrimp keeping here:
a pH test: many shrimp come from soft water with a pH well below 7. Especially in case of problems or unusual behavior, it is therefore good to be able to check the pH.
a test for ammonium (NH4): at pH values above 6, harmless ammonium (NH4) is converted into harmful ammonia (NH3). The ammonia concentration increases proportionally to the pH value
a test for nitrite (NO2): Nitrite is not as toxic for many shrimp species as it is for fish, but an increase in the nitrite value always shows that something is wrong with the aquarium biology.
a test for nitrate (NO3): In contrast to fish, shrimp react relatively early to too high nitrate values, which can lead to moulting problems in them.
Since copper can have deadly effects in shrimp aquariums, a copper test (Cu) is also quite a sensible purchase.
If there are problems with algae in the aquarium, a phosphate test may be advisable. If the plants show bleached spots and poor growth, an iron test can provide information about their nutrient supply. If you do not have a conductivity meter and you salt the water with special hardening products such as bee salt, a GH/KH test is certainly also interesting.
Water tests for the aquarium are very important. Only those who test really know what is going on in their aquarium! Especially in the run-in phase it is interesting to see if nitrite is still detectable - only when NO2 has completely disappeared from the aquarium water, you may stock the aquarium with fish. In the meantime, you should also check from time to time whether nitrification is still working as it should and whether the filter bacteria are still doing their job of breaking down pollutants without restriction. At the latest when problems occur, it is absolutely advisable to check the water values! If you measure early, you can avert many a problem and difficulty with the aquarium water before it escalates and you have real work to do with the aquarium.
Water tests are also useful when fertilizing aquarium plants in a planted aquarium or aquascape. Is there enough nitrate? Is the phosphate value within limits? Does potassium need to be fertilized? Is an iron deficiency to blame for the pale colors of the aquarium plants? A water test provides quick and reliable information, so that you can take countermeasures when problems manifest themselves in the aquarium or aquascape - or to prevent such problems from arising in the first place!
Whether you directly get a test kit for the aquarium water or first determine the water values with the somewhat less accurate, but very quickly functioning and easy to use rod tests, is a bit of a matter of type. Many people really enjoy working with the droplet tests, because you almost feel a little like you are in a laboratory for water chemistry (without having to have the special knowledge, however, the water tests that you can buy from us in the online store all come with very easy to understand, simple instructions for use).
Here you can buy single tests or test kits for different purposes - for planted aquariums and aquascapes, for fish aquariums or for shrimp tanks. Quick tests are available as well as a water test that works via cell phone app and, of course, accurate and reliable drop tests for aquarium water from well-known manufacturers of aquarium supplies.