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Old 06-26-2004, 12:12 AM   #1
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Cleaning equipment?

For instance, right now I'm using a hydrometer. After each use, I rinse with tap water and store it in the "fish equipment" cabinet. When I take it out for use, I feel that there is invisible dust particles on and in the hydrometer. I have a tendency to want to rinse it again in tap water before sticking it in the tank, but at the same time I don't want to introduce the left over tap water stuck in the hydrometer.

Am I weird???

What do you do?
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Old 06-26-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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Use a refractometer

You could always rinse it with RO or tank water if you're paranoid.
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Old 06-26-2004, 12:40 AM   #3
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Yea, I'm researching refracto's right now...

I'm looking at the $50 shipped ones from Ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...308501641&rd=1 and this one from drsfostersmith http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...al&Np=1&N=2004

The view charts look different for same models offered on ebay... for the RHS-10ATC. And I don't understand the incremental SG chart for the Drsfostersmith refractometer.
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Don't even pay attention to the SG chart, go strictly with the ppt

I also use a refractometer, but when I was using a hydrometer, I just used it, didn't rinse it before. I have an open top tank, and the amount of dust introduced by a hydrometer is minimal compared to the amount that settles on the surface throughout the week.
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I see... so generally, does everyone go with ppt or SG?
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LOL.. that SG scale is whack!

I use SG and my refractometer has all 10 units on the scale :P
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Old 06-27-2004, 09:32 AM   #7
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While your looking for a refractomer if the dust on your hydrometer is eating away at your brain after you rinse it why not put it in a zip-lock bag while in your "fish equiptment" cabinet?
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