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Old 04-16-2011, 11:12 AM   #31
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Nope, never assume. All of the Hydrometers are different. I have seen a few that are dead on, but most are off one way or the other. Check your salinity then have your lfs check it with a refractometer and see which way yours is off.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #32
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i cant go to that lfs often though should i add salt start cycle then when it's over ask em to check?
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:17 AM   #33
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I was using that device before I got my refractometer and it is off by a bit. If I remember correctly it would say lower than it was by a few .000's. like it would say 1.021 and it would be 1.024.

You can also check it against mixed salt water too of you know the mix is accurate. Like if you buy it at the lfs already mixed, have them check with their refractometer and then when you know its 1.026 you can mark where it says on the swing arm.

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Old 04-16-2011, 11:18 AM   #34
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What does you hydrometer say your SG is right now?
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thanks for the advice it does help alot
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Do you have a chain store near you wolf? Are you using a petsmart or petco for your stuff? Or is it just a local shop?
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Do you have a chain store near you wolf? Are you using a petsmart or petco for your stuff? Or is it just a local shop?
petsmart theres a nice saltwater only store but its a 30-40 min drive so my parents would only take me every so often not nearly as much as i go ti petsmart its right down the srteet from me
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I have a hydrometer of the same design. I find the swinging arm ones annoying though, you have to watch for bubbles, sometimes there inaccurate. I'm just going to buy a refractometer in a couple of months.
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I bought my refractometer for $31.50. The guy was super cool and quick at responding to my messages. It got here in 4 days.
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I went a month or two with the hydrometer, and then went onto ebay and got a refractometer for like 30 bucks. So much easier, no having to worry about bubbles on the swing arm.... totally worth the money!!!!!
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