N & P reference solutions

PaulB

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i want to mnak up reference solutions to calibrate my NO3 & PO4 test kits. Does anyone know what quantity of KNO3 & KH2PO4 to use to make up base reference solutions with say 1lt of distilled water, which can then be diluted to make up 5, 10 & 20ppm NO3 solution and 1, 2 & 3ppm PO4 solution. :)
 

neil1973

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1.433g of KH2PO4 will give 1000ppm PO4 in 1 litre of water.

1.631g of KNO3 will give 1000ppm of NO3 in 1 litre of water.

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Neil
 

Tom Barr

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Make sure you store these solutions in very tight sealing bottles.
Make what you need for a few times for the low concentrations.

1000ppm can be diluted by using 1ml of the 1000ppm into 9 mls of DI water.
Now you have 10mls of 100ppm NO3.

Now take 5 mls of the 100ppm NO2 solution and add 5mls of DI water.
Now you have:

999mls of 1000ppm NO3 solution
5 mls of 100ppm
10 mls 50ppm.

Take 1 ml of the 50ppm and add 9 mls of DI water, now you have 5ppm.

You can make up whatever concentration you want by going from high concentration to low concentration and dilute with DI water.


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Tom Barr
 

Laith

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Here's what I use for NO3:

- Mix 4.1g of KNO3 in 500ml of RO water.
- 1ml of this solution in 1l of RO water should give you 5.03mg/l of NO3...

For example, 4ml of the initial mix in 1l of RO water should give you 20.12mg/l of NO3.