NT Labs Pond Testing Kit

NT Labs Pond Testing Kit

NT Labs Water Test Kits

NT labs are a company based in Kent, England established in 1982, NT Laboratories Ltd. (NT Labs) are renowned for innovating effective solutions that cater for a variety of aquatic environments including but not limited to garden ponds, aqua-scapes and Koi ponds.

The NT Labs vision statement is a simple as their products are effective.

“To inspire aquatic excellence by manufacturing the highest quality products using knowledge, determination and a responsibility to produce the best solutions, in order to maintain a healthy aquatic environment.”

  • NT Labs Pond Lab 200 Multi Test Kit

    £24.95

    The NT Labs Pond Lab 200 testing kit is designed to give you everything you need to carry out all the main water parameter testing with ease.

    PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, KH and Gh

    The NT Labs Pondlab 200 Multi-test Kit comprises over 200 tests of the 6 key parameters to test in your pond. Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, GH and KH. All the tests are liquid drop tests from a dropper bottle so all the drops are the same size ensuring the test is accurate.

    All you have to do is add your aquarium water to the test tube and count the drops needed, quick, simple and faff free.

    The back of the box details clear pictorial instructions so you can see what to do from the start. A booklet of colour coded stickers is provided to label both the test tubes and test tube lids so you always conduct the same test in the same test tube. The reason for this? Well for example the GH reagents may contaminate the test tube and could give you a false reading if you were to conduct an ammonia test in the same tube.

    The Pond Lab box has even been cleverly designed to double up as a stand for the test tubes whilst the parameter test is carried out.

    Six test parameters and a total of 200 tests

    £24.95

  • NT Labs Ammonia (NH3) Test Kit

    £7.95

    A single test kit for testing the level of Ammonia (NH3) in your pond water. Accurate as well as quick and easy to use. Supplied with a glass test tube, liquid reagent and easy to follow instructions.

    What is ammonia?
    Ammonia is excreted by the fish as a waste product. It is extremely toxic to the fish, and is broken down into less toxic nitrite by the beneficial bacteria in the filter of your pond.

    High Ammonia levels in your water can be fatal to your fish or pond life.

    Why test for ammonia?
    Any ammonia present in the pond water will cause major health problems for the fish. Toxic ammonia can build up in ponds where there are not sufficient beneficial filter bacteria to deal with the total waste from all the fish in the pond. This situation can arise in new ponds, when new fish are added, when the filter bacteria have been disrupted (e.g during cleaning), or during accidental mis-dosing of pond medications.

    What do I do if the ammonia level is wrong?
    If a level of 0.2 mg/l (ppm) is recorded then add a filter booster such as Koi Care Filter Bugs. If a level above this is recorded then a substantial water change is essential. Change 25% of the pond volume for 0.5 – 1.0 mg/L (ppm) ammonia and 50% to 75% for ammonia levels above this.

    Zeolite can also be deployed and will help remove ammonia from pond water. If you do record an ammonia level in your pond, then it is important to check other vital water quality parameters, especially Oxygen, pH and Nitrite.

    Each test kit contains 40 tests

    £7.95

  • NT labs Nitrite (NO2) Test Kit

    £7.95

    A single test kit for testing the level of Nitrite (NO2) in your pond water. Accurate as well as quick and easy to use. Supplied with a glass test tube, liquid reagent and easy to follow instructions.

    What is nitrite?
    Nitrite is produced by the beneficial bacteria in the pond and filters as they break down the harmful waste ammonia excreted by the fish. Although not as toxic as ammonia, nitrite is still very damaging to the health of the fish.

    Why test for nitrite?
    Any nitrite present in the pond will be very damaging to the health of the fish. Toxic nitrite can build up in ponds where there is not sufficient beneficial filter bacteria to deal with the total waste from all the fish in the pond. This situation can arise in new ponds, when new fish are added, when the filter bacteria have been disrupted (e.g. during cleaning), or during accidental mis-dosing of pond medications.

    What do I do if the Nitrite level is wrong?
    If a level of 0.25 – 0.5 mg/l (ppm) is recorded then add a filter bacteria boost such as an Evolution Aqua Pond Bomb

    If levels above this are recorded then a substantial water change is essential. Change 25% of the pond volume for 1 mg/L (ppm) nitrite and 50% for nitrite levels above this. Zeolite can be deployed and will help remove ammonia (and thus nitrite) from pond water.

    If you do record an Nitrite level in your pond, then it is important to check other vital water quality parameters, especially Oxygen, pH and Nitrite

    Each test kit contains 40 tests

    £7.95

  • NT Labs Nitrate (NO3) Test Kit

    £7.95

    A single test kit for testing the level of Nitrate (NO3) in your pond water. Accurate as well as quick and easy to use. Supplied with a glass test tube, liquid reagent and easy to follow instructions.

    What is nitrate?
    Nitrate is produced by the beneficial bacteria in the pond and filters as they break down the fish’s toxic waste products (ammonia and nitrite). Nitrate is not toxic to pond fish, but excessively high levels can affect their reproduction.

    Why test for nitrate?
    Nitrate is a plant nutrient. The more nitrate is present the greater the potential for plant growth. If insufficient plants are present then algae will begin to dominate in the pond. Ponds with high levels of nitrate frequently have problems with algae and blanket weed.

    What do I do if the nitrate level is wrong?
    Maintenance of a zero level of nitrate in a pond 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. Also, increasing the higher plant life in the pond should use up nitrate. This will also lower the amount of nitrate available to algae.

    Each test kit contains 30 tests

    £7.95

  • NT Labs pH Test Kit

    £7.95

    A single test kit for testing the level of pH in your pond water. Accurate as well as quick and easy to use. Supplied with a glass test tube, liquid reagent and easy to follow instructions.

    What is pH?
    pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the water in your pond. The pH scale runs from 1 to 14. Very acid water is pH 1 and very alkaline water is pH 14. Neutral water that is neither acid nor alkaline is pH 7.

    Why test for pH?
    Pond fish prefer the pH of the water to be between 7 and 8. Fluctuations outside these values can cause stress to the fish. If the water becomes too acid or alkaline the fish soon die. It is important to regularly test the pH, as new ponds can occasionally rise in pH, and older ponds tend to acidify over time. Also check the pH in the morning and evening as daily fluctuations are common, especially in heavily planted or algae infested ponds.

    What do I do if the level is wrong?
    pH adjusters can be added to the pond if required. If you do need to adjust the pH of your pond, it is vital to do this slowly so as not to shock the fish. Change no more than 0.5 pH units per 2 days. Providing your tap water is of suitable pH substantial water changes can correct a dangerous pH level. It is also important to check the KH of your pond water.

    Each test test contains 40 tests

    £7.95

  • NT Labs GH & KH Test Kits

    £7.95

    A Dual pack test kit for testing the level of KH & GH in your pond water. Accurate as well as quick and easy to use. Supplied with a glass test tubes, liquid reagents and easy to follow instructions.

    What is KH?
    KH, also known as Total Alkalinity or Carbonate Hardness is a measure of the buffering capacity of the water in your pond. The buffering capacity refers to how well the pond can resist changes in pH.

    Why test for KH?
    Established ponds tend to acidify over time. This decrease in pH is due to the release of organic acids by the fish and the release of acidic substances by the beneficial bacteria in the pond and filters. The buffer in the pond counteracts this change by effectively ‘mopping up’ these acids preventing the natural drop in pH. If the pond was allowed to drop in pH the fish would become very sick. Ponds with excessive algae can show large pH fluctuations on a daily basis. This change is prevented if there is sufficient KH. It is important to regularly check and maintain the KH as it will eventually run out with insufficient water changes and maintenance.

    What do I do if the KH level is wrong?
    Check the KH level of your tap water (or spring water etc). If the level is above 6°dH then regular water changes should keep the KH value in the pond topped up at a reasonable level. If the KH value is below 6°dH then perform water changes and boost the KH of the pond using a KH (Buffer) up.

    To maintain a healthy KH level in your pond Utopia Koi recommends the regular use of a pond clay such as Breeders Secret which helps to re mineralise the water in ponds and aqua-scapes. If you have a low KH level it is vital to regularly check the pH of your pond, to ensure it has not dropped too low.

    What is GH?
    General Hardness is a measure of the sum total of minerals dissolved in the water. Water can be either ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ depending on the amount of dissolved minerals. The more minerals the greater the hardness of the water in your pond.

    Why test for GH?
    The dissolved minerals that make up the hardness of the water are all essential for the biological processes that occur in the pond. If the hardness is too low then these process cannot function sufficiently, and the pond will begin to stagnate. Regular testing is essential, as the GH will decrease as these minerals are used up by the pond life and nitrifying bacteria in your filtration system.

    What do I do if the GH level is wrong?
    Test the GH of your tap water (or spring water etc). If it is above 8°dH then regular water changes should ensure the GH is topped up. If your tap water is below 8°dH then Utopia Koi recommends the use of a mineral additive such as Breeders Secret clay to help remineralise the water in your pond. This can also be used to boost GH in healthy ponds. If the GH value is low then it is vital to check the pH and KH of the water as well.

    The hardness test kit is a dual test kit for the testing of GH & KH. It Contains 40 tests for each. 80 tests in total

    £7.95

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Pond liner calculator

Use our simple Pond Liner Calculator to estimate the liner and/or underlay size required for your pond.

The result allows for an overlay either side of 30cms. You may wnat to increase or decrease this value depending on your pnd installation.

If you're not sure on what size you need then contact us and we can help.

Measurements are entered in meters. As an example if your pond is 254cm deep at its deepest enter 2.54.

The liner dimensions for your pond including a 30cm over lap are:

Liner length:

Liner width:

An interesting fact for you. The water volume of your pond will be:

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UK gallons:

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Pond Diagram

Measure the length of your pond, the width of your pond and the depth of your pond in meters and enter the measurements into the Utopia Koi easy to use pond volume calculator. This will give the volume in litres.

If you're not sure on what size you need then contact us and we can help.

Measurements are to be entered in meters, for example: 543cm would be entered as 5.43.

The water volume of your pond will be:

Volume in Litres:

Volume in UK gallons:

Circular Pond Volume calculator

Radius Diagram

Measure the diameter of your pond (the distance across the pond at its centre) then divide the diameter in two to get the radius of your pond.

Now measure the depth of your pond and enter the measurements into the Utopia Koi easy to use circular pond volume calculator.

If you're not sure on what size you need then contact us and we can help.

Measurements are to be entered in meters, for example: 543cm would be entered as 5.43.

The water volume of your pond will be:

Volume in Litres:

Volume in UK gallons:

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