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An ICP analysis consists in measuring the concentration of all the elements present in the sample to be analyzed, by means of a machine that generates an Argon plasma at a temperature such that all the compounds present in the water sample are broken down at the atomic level and each element is accurately measured thanks to a sophisticated optical system that detects its concentration with accuracies reaching the billionth of a gram per liter.
Our laboratory allows to carry out ICP-OES analysis for different types of water, both marine and freshwater with accuracy and sensitivity that normal tests cannot reach.
A single Oceanlife ICP test can analyze up to 60 items and helps solve situations that cannot otherwise be identified.
What is an ICP-OES analysis?
The result of the ICP analysis derives from the measurement method, from the calibrations carried out, from the stability of the temperature of the analysis chamber and from many other factors. Different measurement methods can lead to different results even if using the same machines.
Oceanlife uses specific and different calibrations for seawater and freshwater, so that the results are always as accurate as possible.
In addition to the normal initial and periodic calibrations, each time the instrument is switched on, it is realigned to compensate for the different environmental conditions which would inevitably lead to inaccurate results.
Why are all the analysis different?
Why prefer Oceanlife analysis?
Our measurement method is what makes our analyzes more accurate.
The study of the measurement system was developed with the collaboration of the staff of the University of Padua who for over 20 years have been active in the development of machines and software for ICP analysis.
We also provide a report with clear instructions for rebalancing all elements, in a simplified and full version.
In addition to all this, we provide phosphate and nitrate analyzes with the photometric method and salinity analyzes with the conductometric method.
Why also use a photometer?
The ICP machine can only give us the concentration at the atomic level, not the ionic or molecular concentration, which is the union of multiple atoms.
This is because the plasma breaks down any molecules in their constituent atoms before the concentration is detected.
The calculation of phosphates, for example, can be wrong if we start from the atomic phosphorus level, as it is also contained in a lot of organic material that is disintegrated in the plasma.
It therefore becomes very useful to investigate phosphates and nitrates through the use of a photometer.
Nutrient analysis and dynamic ranges
The personalized test
Advanced analysis, aimed at the most experienced and demanding users, introduces for the first time to the world the concept of dynamic setpoints. This concept applies to the Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphates and Nitrates setpoints, which are also calculated based on the KH and Carbon values detected in the tank. In addition to the correction carried out by the simplified report, the system suggests all the steps for the complete rebalancing of the system, even of those elements that should be unusually higher than the norm, another absolute novelty.
The types of tests
Aquatic Lab Advanced
The Advanced test analyzes both seawater and osmotic water for a total of 123 parameters. It is the most comprehensive test in the world.
Analyze in sea water:
60 atomic elements via ICP
Salinity by conductivity method
Carbonate hardness, Phosphates and Nitrates by photometric method
Dynamic analysis of the C: N: P ratio
Analyze in osmotic water:
59 atomic elements via ICP
The Advanced test can display 2 types of instructions, basic and advanced.
The basic instructions provide indications for replenishing only the elements below the values of natural sea water.
The advanced instructions provide guidance for a complete water rebalancing, for both deficient and excess elements.
Aquatic Lab Standard
The standard test analyzes the most common parameters using ICP in seawater:
37 atomic elements via ICP
The freshwater test analyzes a total of 61 parameters:
59 atomic elements via ICP
Total hardness GH
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions and the mistakes that are made most often.
The test can be brought back to the store or can be sent independently via your preferred system. The envelope has already applied the delivery address. In case of postage, you will need to postage the envelope. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.
Absolutely no. If the post office tries to deliver your test and we cannot receive it, the test is held at the post office and our staff will not be able to retrieve it.
Immediately, and in any case before sending the test.
If at the time of the analysis your test is not present, it will not be possible to record the result and you will not be able to view it. To be able to view it later, you will need to register it, send us a communication with the barcode number and wait for the results to be recorded.
If the test has been registered successfully, you will receive a confirmation email.
If you do not receive the confirmation email, you can view the test in the "results" section, among the pending tests.
If it does not appear in that section either, you will have to re-register, perhaps you did something wrong.