[Coral-List] Portable, easy to use water testing kits

Benjamin Cowburn benjamindcowburn at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 14 11:07:33 EST 2017

Thanks Doug,
Sediment is something I want to test, but I think nutrients are an
important and separate point. The goal is for this test to be used for
regular monitoring by a govt. dept. in East Africa, hence it needs to be
simple and easy to use and cheap enough to do regularly. The area where I'm
working is very arid, so freshwater plumes are not really a thing. We are
concerned about nutrients and pollution for a big city and port. How would
you suggest we detect the pollution?

On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 3:56 PM, Douglas Fenner <
douglasfennertassi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ben,
>     A review of indicators of water quality on the Great Barrier Reef by
> Fabricius et al found that turbidity (or water clarity or visibility) was
> the best single indicator among 38 tested.  They write in their abstract
> "Turbidity was the best predictor of biota"  It is very low tech, cheap,
> quick and easy to take.  Disadvantages are that it doesn't impress people
> as being fancy technical science, and it can't differentiate causes, like
> plankton and nutrients, vs sediment, vs chemical pollution, etc.  One of
> the problems for testing with things like nutrients is that they come in
> pulses, and you have to test frequently to catch pulses.  Also, it would
> take a lot of expensive sampling to detect spatial patterns, and if you
> don't have the spatial pattern you can miss the hot spots (and clean
> areas).  At least sediment may be visible from the shore or a boat or a
> plane and so the spatial and temporal patterns can be seen.  A simple photo
> can show you patterns that would take hundreds or thousands of samples to
> detect.  Runoff is typically fresh water, so it floats on the surface and
> at least initially the finest sediment is suspended in that water at the
> surface, making it easy to see from the air.  Sediment pulse events might
> suggest some aspects of the spatial and temporal patterns of nutrient
> runoff as well, since they may both be correlated with rain-produced runoff
> events.  Of course, some rivers might have lots of sediment runoff but
> little nutrient runoff, and others the opposite.
> Cheers,  Doug
> Fabricius et al 2012.  A bioindicator system for water quality on inshore
> coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 65:
> 320-332.
> https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katharina_Fabricius/
> publication/305655161_Fabricius_Bioindicators_MPB_
> final_for_ResearchGate/links/57982ac108ae33e89faedfaf.pdf
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 6:36 AM, Benjamin Cowburn <
> benjamindcowburn at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm trying to find an easy and robust way of checking water quality (esp.
>> nutrients) on a reef. I've found various kits available for aquarists e.g.
>> this
>> <http://www.swelluk.com/api-reef-master-test-kit/?gclid=Cj0K
>> EQiA8orFBRCEpODivaOft_EBEiQAy3mlfaDNakIGStWelz_AxX2VOsySHUHE
>> ..
>> Are these appropriate for use in the field? Any recommendations or
>> suggestions of how to do water quality testing, without a dedicated lab
>> would be welcome!
>> Cheers,
>> Benjamin Cowburn
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