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Red Sea's Nitrate pro test kit is an advanced colorimetric test with comparator, measuring the level of Nitrate (N-NO3) in your reef aquarium to an exceptionally high resolution of 0.06ppm N-NO3.
This test kit is used in conjunction with the Phosphate Pro kit, enables accurate dosing of Red Sea's NO3:PO4-X (biological Nitrate & Phosphate reducer) which is part of the Red Sea Reef Care Program.
The Nitrate Cycle: Ammonia, produced by fish as a waste product is oxidized by aerobic bacteria in the biological filter: first to Nitrite (NO2-) and further to Nitrate (NO3-). In nature a complete nitrogen cycle exists, where plants utilize Nitrate as a food source, thus maintaining the very low Nitrate level found in unpolluted water. In the aquarium we create a one way system rather than a nutrient cycle.
The plant growth is mostly insufficient to use up all the Nitrate introduced by the fish food. In most aquariums, especially in marine aquariums, Nitrate will slowly accumulate, so that unnaturally high concentrations are reached. In the reef aquarium, corals and other invertebrates react distress-fully to high Nitrate levels and will eventually die.
Nitrate will also act as a nutrient for plants that we do not desire. High Nitrate levels cause the development of blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) and hair algae. Fish may eventually become stressed and weakened by the NO3-pollution, which makes them more susceptible to parasitic infection, such as white spot.
This Test Kit Comes Complete With: