Note Taking Guide Topic # 3073 Water Testing for Aquaculture Systems Created by Edward C. Meisel III Importance of water testing for aquaculture systems- High quality is the most important thing in a food, system. Water provides , an excretory site, maintains and may hold disease causing ____________________. pH- Water with a pH of 7 is ________________________ while water with a pH of below 7 is____________________ and water with a pH of above 7 is ________________________. Dissolved Gases- Dissolved gases determine ________ _______________. Tests for dissolved oxygen must be taken ______ _________ because shipping can cause dramatic __________ in gas levels. Carbon Dioxide- __________ ___________ is soluble in _____________. Most carbon dioxide occurs from ___________________. Temperature, light, algae, and _________________ affect dissolved oxygen levels. ____________________ water is a must in order to keep oxygen levels up and driving of carbon dioxide. Ammonia- Ammonia is tested with _______ _____. Algae use ammonia as a nitrogen source for making _______________. The _____________ of ammonia in water is present in the _____-____________ ionized form. ______________ is generally non-toxic to fish but should be monitored to make sure levels do not get too __________. Hardness- Hardness of water is determined by the levels of ________________ and ________________. The ideal level is between ___ and _____ mg/L. Testing Methods- The two most common methods are ________________________ and ______________________. _________________________ uses a concentration reaction to show test colors that can be read on a scale. __________________________ testing is done with an electronic device that can give ______________ reading for all aspects of water quality. Most aquaculturists use _______________________ testing.