JBL PROAQUATEST K Potassium
Quick test to determine the potassium content in freshwater aquariums

  • For perfect aquarium plant growth: determines the ideal potassium value to monitor the fertilisation of freshwater aquariums
  • Quick test: fill cuvette with sample water, add reagents, fill cloudy sample water into special glass vial until underlying cross is no longer visible, read the quantity you have filled. This value is equivalent to the potassium content in mg/l
  • Often too low a potassium content leads to stagnating plant growth, although all other factors such as CO2, iron and light are present. Fertilisers such as JBL Ferropol or JBL ProScape K Macroelements can increase the K content
  • You will find detailed information and troubleshooting tips about water analysis on the JBL website in Essentials/Aquarium
  • Package contents: 1 potassium test kit for approx. 25 measurements, incl. 2 reagents, special glass vial, syringe, dosing spoon and colour chart. Reagent refill separately available
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Product information

Healthy aquariums with conditions close to nature The right water values are dependent on the fish stock and the plants in the aquarium. Even if the water looks clear it can be contaminated. With bad values diseases or algae can appear in the aquarium. To maintain a healthy aquarium 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 rapid 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?
Potassium is one of the macro-elements which plants in freshwater absorb quickly and effectively within a few hours and can also store for a limited time. Growing plants require more potassium than other elements. As a result, potassium concentrations can drop to a minimum range, causing plant growth to stagnate, even if the aquarium water is fertilised regularly. Potassium levels in mains water are usually too low compared to those in natural biotopes, particularly in relation to calcium and magnesium concentrations.

Recommended potassium values:
Freshwater aquarium (community aquarium): 10-30 mg/l
Lake Malawi/Lake Tanganyika aquarium: 10-30 mg/l
Plant aquarium with few fish (aquascaping): 10-30 mg/l
Marine aquarium: the potassium content is not measurable with this test

You can analyse the water values you have measured on the JBL website under “Essentials/Aquarium” and receive recommendations.

Details

JBL PROAQUATEST K Potassium

Art. no.:
2413000
EAN Code:
4014162241306
For:
25 Tests
Volume packaging:
0.800 l
Gross weight:
123.000 g
Net weight:
72 g
Weight factor:
0
Size(l/h/w):
43/175/106 mm

Technical Data

Height:175 mm
Length:106 mm
Width:43 mm

JBL PROAQUATEST K Potassium REFILL

Art. no.:
2413100
EAN Code:
4014162241313
For:
Refill
Volume packaging:
0.570 l
Gross weight:
54.000 g
Net weight:
22 g
Weight factor:
0
Size(l/h/w):
30/175/110 mm

Technical Data

Height:64 mm
Length:48 mm
Width:24 mm
FAQ
Where can I find the record sheets for the documentation of my water analysis?

Have you lost your record sheets, used them all up, or need them in another language?
In the appendix of this FAQ you will find PDF files for printing them out in German, English and French.

My glass tube is broken. Is this also available as a spare part?

No, the special potassium tube is only available as part of the test kit. Simply buy a new kit to obtain the tube. It is not much more expensive than a refill kit with a small surcharge for the special glass.

I have lost my colour chart. Can I download the colour chart for the test?

The colour cards are not available for download on the JBL website. The absolutely accurate colour reproduction that is required can only be achieved using a printer which can be re-calibrated before each printout. Most privately used printers are not accurate enough for this.

You will find the colour chart bundle as a spare part on the respective product page and in the spare parts shop under: https://www.jbl.de/en/products/detail/8732/jbl-proaquatest-assortiment-color-chart

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 ml sample + 12 ml dist. water: result X 5
1.5 ml sample + 13.5 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

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.

Press

12.03.2019

JBL Water Tests Now Even Better

Scientists, aquarium owners, pond enthusiasts, and especially those who need reliable, accurate water tests, use JBL water tests. Over the years, the JBL development team has been collecting and is now ready to implement your suggestions for improvements.

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  • GHS05
Risk phrase
H314: Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
safety note
P101: If medical advice is needed, have product container or label at hand.
P102: Keep out of reach of children.
P303+P361+P353: IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water [or shower].
P305+P351+P338: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
P501a: Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.