NT Labs Nitrate Test
Nitrate is produced by the beneficial bacteria in the water and filters as they break down the fish’s toxic waste products (ammonia and nitrite). Nitrate is not typically toxic to fish, but excessively high levels (>100mg/l) can cause problems with growth.
What is the correct nitrate level?
The level of nitrate is dependent upon a number of factors, including the nitrate level of the tap water (or spring water etc) feeding into the pond, the number of fish and the amount of food fed. High nitrate levels will lead to algal growth. A nitrate level of zero is ideal and implies a balance between waste produced by the fish and nutrients taken up by the plant life. Remember: this plant life does include algae.
What do I do if the nitrate level is wrong?
Maintenance of a zero level of nitrate is extremely difficult. Most domestic water supplies have a low level of nitrate. The key to maintenance of low nitrates is regular water changes to dilute the build up of nitrate.
How to use?
- Ensure the test tube is clean.
- Take a 5 ml sample of water into the test tube.
- Turn the Nitrate-1 bottle upside down in plenty of light and shake vigorously until there is no sediment on the bottom.
- Add 6 drops of the Nitrate-1 and 6 drops of the Nitrate-2. Replace the test tube cap and shake thoroughly.
- Wait 10 minutes, and then compare the colour of the sample to the colour scale provided. Zero nitrate is represented by a colourless sample. Any hint of pink in the sample indicates the presence of nitrate in the pond.
Shipping TermsAt Complete Koi & Aquatics, we endeavour to process and ship all orders placed online as quick as possible. In order for your order to be processed that day, orders must be placed by 13:00. Working days are defined as Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and Christmas holiday periods). Orders placed on Saturday, Sunday or bank holidays will be processed the next working day. We do not offer a Saturday delivery option online.
This delivery policy is strictly only valid for UK mainland delivery addresses. For other destinations please contact our head office on 01204 582105 or email in at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Much is Delivery?Free Delivery
ALL orders over £20 qualify for free delivery at Complete Koi & Aquatics. Depending on the size and weight of the product this can range from next day delivery, to a 5 working day delivery. *This does not include livestock.
Next Day Tracked Delivery - £5.99
Orders under £20, will have the option to pay £5.99 for next day tracked delivery by APC. In these instances, automated messages will be sent out via text OR email allocating a timeslot for delivery. APC are the ONLY licenced livestock couriers in the UK
ALL fish purchased via Complete Koi & Aquatics will also be sent out via APC as a next-day, non-conveyable, wet delivery with an AM time slot. Due to the health of the fish we are unable to offer an afternoon delivery.
The fish are packed with plenty of oxygen and water to get them through the night. They are kept in the secure caged part of the vans and are handled with care. When the fish arrive, carefully float the bags in the pond to acclimatise them. Generally, we recommend floating the bags for around 30 minutes. After this we then recommend introducing small amounts of pond water to the bag for a further 15 minutes, prior to introducing them to their new home.
Royal Mail Delivery - £1.99
Orders under £20 will also have the option to purchase our standard Royal Mail delivery service. This costs £1.99 and generally takes 2-3 working days.
What happens if the items I have ordered are out of stock?
In the unlikely event that an item you order should be out of stock we will contact you by phone or email.
Will you ship my order over split deliveries?
Your order will be shipped in one delivery. If you would like your order to be split, please contact us. There will be an additional delivery charge for this.
You can return or exchange any goods bought from Complete Koi & Aquatics within 28 days from receiving them.
If your goods were delivered, on arrival do not sign and accept delivery if there is any indication of damage caused to the goods.
When choosing products at Complete Koi & Aquatics, please take your time or seek advice from our helpful staff. The return of any unwanted products will be at the customers expense. In order to return goods, they must be in an unused, undamaged, re-sellable condition. You must also present the relevant paperwork when returning goods to help us identify you as the buyer.
Any non-faulty/undamaged goods which arrive in an unsellable condition will NOT be considered for a refund, exchange or credit. Until we receive the goods, you are responsible for the condition and any damage which occurs to the goods. You should obtain a proof of postage for the goods so that in the event of the goods becoming lost you have a evidence of returning it. Once we have received the goods, we will refund the purchase price (less any original carriage charges) immediately, or in any case within 30 days.
Damaged/faulty goods are eligible for replacement subject to individual warranties. Goods must be returned to Complete Koi & Aquatics within 14 days of reporting the issue.
We require all returns to be sent with relevant documentation to enable us to identify the buyer and cross check the faulty equipment.
Once received Complete Koi & aquatics will conduct a full assessment of the faulty goods, and on confirming they are damaged OR faulty we will repair or replace them at our discretion. Due to the large range of goods we supply, it may be necessary to send the goods back to the manufacturer for an expert assessment on the alleged damage/faulty.
If the manufacturer tests the goods and deems them NOT faulty or damaged, they will be returned to the customer at an additional cost to cover postage and packaging. Some high-end products may not be replaced if found faulty/damaged but repaired, this is done at the manufacturer’s absolute discretion.
Complete Koi & Aquatics does not accept liability for any consequential loss caused by damaged or faulty items, delay in dispatch or delays by couriers.
At Complete Koi & Aquatics, the health and welfare of your fish is our utmost priority. If your fish appears unwell OR in the unfortunate event of losing a fish, then we recommend contacting the store directly. Staff will assist in looking into the cause of the problem and advise on best cause of treatment.
Recover the body of the fish and place in aquarium/pond water in an airtight container OR bag – DO NOT FREEZE. Take a separate sample of aquarium/pond water Bring the fish and water sample to Complete Koi & Aquatics for detailed analysis, at your first convenience.
We do NOT accept returns of ANY fish. If you feel your concerns have not been handled correctly, please ask to speak with management.