JBL GH Test
GH quick test to determine the total hardness in freshwater aquariums and ponds

  • Simple and reliable control of water values in ponds/aquariums. Determines the ideal total hardness for freshwater aquariums and ponds
  • Colour change test: fill plastic cuvette with sample water, add reagent drop by drop until colour changes from red to green. Number of drops = level of GH (total hardness)
  • When to use: for setting up a new aquarium: once a week
  • Online Laboratory: regular control for a healthy aquarium/pond with conditions close to nature. JBL has water tests in the form of quick tests or colour change tests for every water analysis. Testing aquarium water for healthy, clear water
  • Package contents: 1 quick test, GH Test. Incl. reagent and plastic vial. Refill reagent avaiable separately
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Product information

Healthy aquarium/healthy pond with conditions close to nature
The right water values are dependent on the fish stock and the plants in the aquarium/pond. Even if the water looks clear it can be contaminated. With bad values diseases or algae can appear in the aquarium/pond. To maintain a healthy aquarium/pond with conditions close to nature it is important to check and adapt the water values regularly.

For each water analysis JBL provides water tests in the form of quick tests or colour change tests. These determine a certain value or several values in one go. With these water tests you can recognise algae problems and negative nitrate, nitrite, potassium, magnesium values etc.

Why test?
Depending on origin and consistency of the subsoil, water may contain varying quantities of alkaline earth salts, usually in the form of calcium and magnesium salts. General hardness, by definition, is the sum of calcium and magnesium ions suspended in the water. Most fish and plants thrive well at a general hardness of between roughly 8 and 20°dH. Excessive total hardness values, should, however, be counteracted by the appropriate measures.

JBL Online Laboratory
Regular control for a healthy aquarium/pond with conditions close to nature. Enter your water values into the JBL Online Laboratory and get an in-depth analysis of your values within seconds.

Recommended general hardness values:
Freshwater aquarium (community aquarium): 8-25 °dGH
Lake Malawi/Lake Tanganyika aquarium: 5-20 °dGH
Plant aquarium with few fish (aquascaping): 3-10 °dGH
Marine aquarium: not measurable with GH test because GH too high. Please test calcium and magnesium separately
Pond: 6-20 °dGH

Details

JBL GH Test-Set

Art. no.:
2535000
EAN Code:
4014162253507
Volume packaging:
0.300 l
Gross weight:
36.000 g
Net weight:
24 g
Weight factor:
1000
Size(l/h/w):
35/125/70 mm

JBL GH Reagens

Art. no.:
2535100
EAN Code:
4014162253514
Volume packaging:
0.450 l
Gross weight:
29.000 g
Net weight:
10 g
Weight factor:
1000
Size(l/h/w):
30/140/107 mm
FAQ
Why are there no colour charts for the JBL GH test, the JBL KH test, the JBL calcium test Ca and the JBL magnesium test Mg?

The following tests from the test range are so-called titration tests: JBL GH test, JBL KH test, JBL calcium test Ca and JBL magnesium test Mg, where the number of drops are counted until the colour changes and the counted value is multiplied by a value:

GH = number of drops = general hardness in °dH

KH = number of drops = carbonate hardness in °dH

Magnesium + calcium = number of drops * 120 = amount Ca + Mg in mg/l

Calcium = number of drops * 20 = amount Ca in mg/l

Magnesium = amount Ca+Mg from magnesium test - amount Ca in mg/l = magnesium in mg/l

What can I do when the measured value of a water test falls outside the scale?

If one of your measurements reaches the end of the colour chart scale you can multiply the scale, by diluting the following tests with distilled water (e.g. JBL Dest).

Here’s how to do it: dilute the sample with distilled water and carry out the test once more.

Her’s how in greater detail:
JBL GH test kit: Instead of 5 ml use 10 ml aquarium water. Now 1 drop is equivalent to 0.5 dGH.
JBL KH test kit: Instead of 5 ml use 10 ml aquarium water. Now 1 drop is equivalent to 0.5 dGH.

Note: when using 10 ml sample water the colour development is weaker with the first drops than with 5 ml sample water. Put the measuring container on a white underlay for a better readability.

JBL NH4/NH3 Ammonium/Ammonia test kit, JBL NO2 Nitrite test kit, JBL Fe Iron test kit and JBL Cu Copper test kit:
2.5 ml sample + 2.5 ml dist. water: result times 2
1 ml sample + 4 ml dist. water: result times 5
0.5 ml sample + 4.5 ml dist. water: result times 10

NO3 Nitrate test kit, JBL SiO2 Silicate test kit, JBL PO4 Phosphate sensitive test kit and JBL Mg Magnesium test kit freshwater:
5 ml sample + 5 ml dist. water: result X 2
2 ml sample + 8 ml dist. water: result X 5
1 ml sample + 9 ml dist. water: result X 10

JBL PO4 Phosphate test kit koi high range:
2.5 ml sample + 2.5 ml dist. water: result X 2
1 ml sample + 4 ml dist. water: result X 5

JBL K Kalium test kit:
7.5 ml sample + 7.5 ml dist. water: result X 2
3.75 ml sample + 12.25 ml dist. water: result X 5
1.5 ml sample + 14.5 ml dist. water: result X 10

JBL CO2 direct test kit, JBL Ca Calcium test kit and JBL Mg+Ca Magnesium+Calcium test kit:
not required

What is the shelf life of the JBL GH-Test ?

The JBL GH test has a shelf life of 2 years in the original sealed bottle.

The following is printed on the bottom of the packaging:

CH/B: 2253 (e.g.) = batch number
BBD: 05/13 (e.g.) = best-before date.

Please note that the best-before date does not apply for opened reagents. Exposure to atmospheric oxygen decreases the shelf life.

Do my water tests still work although they have been open for nine months?

Basically a sealed test keeps longer than an open one. How much the shelf life is reduced depends crucially on the handling and the storage conditions of the reagents. It may happen that a reagent in a test that has been open for 9 months doesn’t indicate correctly any more. However, additional information is needed to answer this question properly.

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