1.Register an account
To make a new account, just click the button below and provide your information in the online sign-up form. If you have not yet bought an ICP test, these are available at one of our approved stockists.
2.Enter your aquarium details
After you have signed up, input the barcodes from your ICP test pack, along with your tank name and the net volume of your aquarium (which is the water volume in litres minus the displacement caused by rocks, sand, and equipment)
3. Stick the barcodes to the vials
IMPORTANT: ALWAYS STICK THE BARCODE LABELS ALONG THE LENGTH OF THE VIAL, DO NOT WRAP AROUND.
Standard Saltwater ICP Test: Stick a barcode label to both of the 2 x 15ml vials.
Saltwater and RODI ICP Test: Stick a barcode label to two of the 15ml vials.
Stick the barcode label that ends in ‘r/o’ to the third 15ml vial, e.g., 0001-xx3xxx-1111-r/o
Advanced ICP Test: Stick a barcode label to each of the three vials, 2 x 15ml and 1 x 50ml vial.
4.Taking a sample
IMPORTANT: COMPLETELY FILL ALL VIALS, TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT WATER TO COMPLETE ALL TESTS.
Saltwater ICP Test
Fully submerge both of the 2 x 15ml vials in the tank to collect your saltwater samples, do not use surface water.
Saltwater and RODI ICP Test
Fully submerge 2 of the 15ml vials in the tank to collect your saltwater samples, do not use surface water.
Fill the third 15ml vial, with the barcode marked ‘r/o’ with R/O water only.
Advanced ICP Test
This test contains 3 vials, an additional syringe and a 20-micron filter.
1. Fill the syringe with saltwater without the 20-micron filter attached.
2. Attach the 20-micron filter.
3. Empty the syringe contents through the filter to completely fill the 2 x 15ml and the 1 x 50ml vials with aquarium water.
4. Remove the filter.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 as many times as necessary to completely fill the vials with saltwater.
1 - Only send RODI water in the vial marked with the RO barcode, (includes ‘-r/o’ at the end of the barcode label).
2 – Completely fill all other vials with saltwater to allow sufficient volume to carry out all tests.
3. Fill the 50ml vial, (Advanced ICP test), with filtered saltwater only (do not fill with RODI).
4. Samples without the original barcodes will not be processed.
5.Post the vials
Take the “address label” out of the package, stick it on the envelope supplied with the correct postage (please note that due to size the Advanced ICP test will require different postage to the Standard ICP tests) and place the vials inside the padded envelope. Use the adhesive strip seal to close the package.
For international customers (except Germany) please use the following HF Tariff in the customs declaration: 3923301000 with "Saltwater for analysis" as description and a declared value of £ 0.5.
Although you can use the cheaper option to post your ICP samples to us, for your peace of mind, we recommend you shipping the samples tracked. That way you will always be aware of where it is and the status of your test.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately we are now unable to provide replacement vials for lost or undertpaid postage on ICP parcels (which won't be delivered by the courier) - we will still replace vials that were damaged in transit.
Please note that if for any reason the address label is missing, please address the pack to:
Reef Zlements ICP Lab
28 Alfric Square
Peterborough PE2 7JP