JBL PROAQUATEST CO2 Direct
Quick test to determine the carbon dioxide content (main nutrient for plants) in freshwater aquariums

  • Simple and reliable monitoring of the aquarium water values. Determines the optimal carbon dioxide content for freshwater aquariums
  • Procedure: fill plastic cuvette with sample water, add reagent drop by drop until pink colour remains stable. Number of drops x 2 = CO2 content in mg/l
  • To use during periods of poor or no plant growth and fish mortality: once a week
  • You will find detailed information and troubleshooting tips about water analysis on the JBL website in Essentials/Aquarium
  • Package contents: 1 CO2 quick test incl. 2 reagents, plastic cuvette and colour chart. Reagent refill separately available
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JBL PROAQUATEST CO2 Direct

Art. no.:
2414000
EAN Code:
4014162241405
For:
Kit
Volume packaging:
0.8 l
Gross weight:
134 g
Net weight:
77 g
Weight factor:
0
Packaging dimensions (l/h/w):
43/175/106

Technical Data

Height:175 mm
Length:105 mm
Width:43 mm
diameter: mm

JBL PROAQUATEST CO2 Direct REFILL

Art. no.:
2414100
EAN Code:
4014162241412
For:
Recharge
Volume packaging:
0.57 l
Gross weight:
69 g
Net weight:
31 g
Weight factor:
0
Packaging dimensions (l/h/w):
30/175/110

Technical Data

Height:64 mm
Length:48 mm
Width:24 mm
diameter: 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.

When do I stop adding the reagent?

As soon as the water shows a clearly visible pink coloration which remains constant stop adding the reagent. If the colouration stays for 60 seconds the “end” has been reached. Adding further reagent does not result in the deeper pink colouration of the colour chart.

Why are there no colour charts for GH. KH, Mg /Ca saltwater and CO2 direct?

The tests from the test range: 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

CO2 = number of drops * 2 = CO2 in mg/l

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 later 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.

This works in detail as follows:
GH test: Instead of 5 ml use 10 ml aquarium water. Now 1 drop is equivalent to 0.5 dGH.
KH test: 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.

NH4/NH3 ammonium/ammonia, NO2 nitrite, Fe iron and Cu copper:
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, SiO2 silicate, PO4 phosphate sensitive and Mg magnesium 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

PO4 phosphate 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

K potassium:
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

K potassium in marine water:
1. Fill 10 ml of sample water with distilled water to 300 ml.
2. Follow the instructions for fresh water.
3. Multiply the test result by a factor of 30.

CO2 direct, Ca calcium and Mg+Ca magnesium+calcium: 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.

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Safety information
JBL CO2 Direct 1 - safety information in accordance with GHS
Signal word
Danger
Hazard symbol
  • GHS02
  • GHS07
Risk phrase
H225: Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
H319: Causes serious eye irritation.
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 regulations.
JBL CO2 Direct 2 - safety information in accordance with GHS
Signal word
Danger
Hazard symbol
  • 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 regulations.
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