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Old 04-11-2004, 03:21 AM   #1
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Bubbles in my Hydrometer.. how to get em out?

I can NOT get these little suckers to let go of the neddle ! I seasoned it in the water like it says for like 2 days. Now when I take a sample tons of air bubbles like to stick the the arm and make the reading too high. Any suggestion on how to get them off rather then "banging the **** out of it"
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Old 04-11-2004, 07:23 AM   #2
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tap on it with a pencil eraser.
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Old 04-11-2004, 12:02 PM   #3
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I dip mine slowly sideways in the tank and slowly fill it with water...
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I just flick it with my finger. If its stubborn, I tap it against something lightly.
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Get a refractometer.

Dont mean to sound so bold but....I struggled a hydrometer for about 18 months and finally spent the big bucks on a refractometer. So glad I did, you wont regret getting one for yourself.
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Wally: That was my end solution. I was so frustrated with the bubbles and the varying degrees of accuracy, I was never really confident in the swing arm hydrometers, so I ponied up for a refractometer and never looked back!

XXFirefighter: I've also used a toothpick or schich-kabob (sp?) skewer and tapped the arm a few times to get the bubbles off. The best way is to avoid them to begin with and try and dip slowly in a part of the tank that doesn't have any bubbles.
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Thanks guys..
I know a refrac is the way to go...
I was just trying to delay the pain is all...
Ebay here I come...
I don't have any fish yet... I just wanted to get the water right for the rock...
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RHS-10ATC. Great piece of kit
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Check out our sponsors before you buy on ebay, I know premium aquatics sells one at a competitive price with Ebay (they are sold out of that unit right now, but I'm sure will have more soon) and our other sponsors also sell refractometers.
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Check out our sponsors before you buy on ebay, I know premium aquatics sells one at a competitive price with Ebay (they are sold out of that unit right now, but I'm sure will have more soon) and our other sponsors also sell refractometers.
Consider it done ! As soon as they get them in I'm getting one !
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