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Old 04-17-2011, 01:16 PM   #41
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The problem I found with swing arms is consistency. Take a reading after you think you have it calibrated. Now rinse it with fresh water (as per mfg instructions) and let it dry. Now do another SG test. Never had two that agreed. As I was testing the SG of my 125 gallon tank, I know the SG did not change from 1.026 to 1.022 in a matter of hours, or form one day to the next. Those are the types of swings I would see.

Get a refractometer. Don't use test strips either. They are fine for a swimming pool, but not for a sw tank.
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #42
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the strips are more of s hold over till i get sw master kit i havnt even started cyclin yet. as for the hygrometer i will in the future invest in one but for now im gonna use it and compare results with lfs refractonomter and mark on my hygrometer the suggested range
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:23 AM   #43
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The hydrometer will be fine for a fishless cycle. Get a refractometer when the cycle is near complete and before you do the large pwc.


During the cycle you only want to test for ammonia, then add nitrite, then add nitrate. I would not use strips for those tests either. They are just too unreliable.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:58 AM   #44
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Ahh sorry Wolf, I was just trying to help you out with the strips. lol maybe you can find another use for them. I use mine as a checker sometimes in my fw tanks. If anything shows up on the strips I generally do a liquid test.
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Ahh sorry Wolf, I was just trying to help you out with the strips. lol maybe you can find another use for them. I use mine as a checker sometimes in my fw tanks. If anything shows up on the strips I generally do a liquid test.
lol ikno im gonna do what you did if anythin shows up with em then il test
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Thats how i realized my ph had dropped in my FW tanks yesterday. I just use them once in awhile for ha ha's but it caught a potentially bigger issue.
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thats good to know. i like the idea of the strips personally if only they were more acccurate
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Yeah you can't tell the color s really well. With the trites and trates if any pink shows up I usually head for the API kit.

How's your savings going? You had $15 bucks last time we talked.
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it turns out my sister took the cash i was fuming and nothing was done i still have a 3dollar card to petsmart from when i returned the fish for store credit. hopefully my grand mother will have stuff for me to do for cash all i really need from the store now is heater + salt then im orderin rock online
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Cool. Good deal. Almost there. Your mom didnt have anything to say about your $15? I'd hide my money from now on.
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