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Salifert Magnesium Test Kit

Salifert Magnesium Test Kit
Natural Seawater has Magnesium concentrations in relatively high levels - about 1300-1400mg/L. Magnesium is necessary for photosynthesis, since it is an essential component of chlorophyll.

Magnesium is also important because it allows the correct levels of Alkalinity (Carbonate Hardness) and Calcium to be maintained in the aquarium.

Here's how it works:
Calcium combines with carbonates and bicarbonates to form an insoluble compound called calcium carbonate. While this is an important building block for corals and coralline algae, it should be formed by biological processes and be deposited at the right place.

Even without biological interference, calcium carbonate would be formed and would deplete calcium and alkalinity or carbonate hardness without fulfilling any function. In fact it will scavenge many important trace elements as well lowering the trace element concentration. Magnesium slows down this negative process. The lower the magnesium concentration, the faster this negative process takes place and also at a much lower calcium and alkalinity/carbonate hardness value.

Maintaining a correct magnesium concentration is therefore very important and is indirectly responsible for fast coral and coralline algae growth, by virtue of making the maintenance of correct calcium and alkalinity figures possible.

Magnesium is depleted by algae and is also depleted by the use of excessive kalkwasser and by going far beyond natural calcium and alkalinity and pH values.

Magnesium is an element which was neglected for a long time, but the measurement of magnesium and taking corrective measures are important!

The Salifert magnesium test is very straightforward and does not suffer from calcium and strontium interferences when within certain bounds.

It measures in accurate steps of 30 mg/L with a sharp color change.

Approx. 50 tests
 
Our price: $19.69
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