The exact knowledge about your water parameters is important if you want to keep water plants successfully. Especially if you want to do without large water changes you should get as much information about the nutrient content of your aquarium as possible. Precision and reliability is crucial when it comes to testing water, and for this reason we carefully select the water tests we offer to our customers.
If you want to fertilise your plants specifically and in accordance with the parameters of your water you'll need a reliable database. Water tests by Macherey and Nagel as well as water tests by JBL are time-tested tools for assessing your water parameters.
For successful plant cultivation, the most important parameters are the levels of nitrate, phosphate, potassium and iron in the water. Calcium and magnesium levels as well as carbonate hardness and total hardness can also give you hints regarding possible nutrient deficiency symptoms your plants may show. The pH is an important parameter for some animals, and critically high nitrite levels are a sure sign that the tank biology is not running well yet and that the lives of your fish are in danger.
For shrimp and fish breeding, overly elevated nitrate levels have proven to be a problem. If you want to breed fish or shrimp, please monitor the nitrate concentration of your water closely in order to provide your animals with the best possible environment for breeding.