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Old 06-29-2007, 03:36 PM   #1
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Thoughts on ph testers

I'm compiling my order for fish "stuff" and was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with ph testers? I was eyeing this model --

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/11415/product.web

Suggestions and/or comments?

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Old 06-29-2007, 05:43 PM   #2
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Never looked at that one before if you get it let us know how well it works!
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I agree it looks like a nice unit, but whether its needed or not... I'd think no. IMO, unless you are dosing your tank to raise the pH, or need to directly measure it, I can't see spending the money on one. I'm also kinda broke and always trying to look for ways to save.

Just my opinion, of course.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:52 PM   #4
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I agree it looks like a nice unit, but whether its needed or not... I'd think no. IMO, unless you are dosing your tank to raise the pH, or need to directly measure it, I can't see spending the money on one. I'm also kinda broke and always trying to look for ways to save.

Just my opinion, of course.
Hey, hey.....I have children so I most certainly understand the money issue.....I have it....they want it (all of it)

I was thinking that I could use it both on my sw & fw tanks. I did go ahead and order it so I'll let you know how it works. I was just hoping that someone had used one before etc.

Thanks!!
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I've been eyeing them since I started using kalkwasser (very high PH). People who use calcium reactors and/or kalkwasser reactors/additions find them very useful (or CO2 on FW planted tanks). That is the least expensive one I've seen. Please let us know what you think when you get it. Good luck!
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I have this Hanna Instruments Tester , it tests for TDS and pH.
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I have this Hanna Instruments Tester , it tests for TDS and pH.
Have you been happy with it? Is it fairly easy to use and calibrate?
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I recently picked up a Hanna Instruments pH Checker for my FW tanks. At first I was not too thrilled with it, the reading would constantly drift. Finally tried putting a sample of water in a glass, swirling the tester a bit and started getting stable readings. Oh, and resetting the calibration slope helped, too.

Now I can check the pH of nine tanks faster and much more accurately than by using reagents. Good luck with yours!!!!!
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I haven't used mine in a while. I forgot to get the calibration liquid, so I don't think I got correct readings. But it is easy to use and read.
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I hate using test kits for things, especially PH. I like to know at a glance what my PH is. My problem with those hand held PH testers is that they need to be kept in solution/tank water or they dry out and then can't be used anymore.

I've had 2 of those style units and fried them both.

I use an Aquacontroller to monitor my PH now. I do use it primarily to control my CO2 input to my Ca reactor, but pull it from the effluent from time to time to get a read on the tank PH.

Being able to monitor PH with a controller gives you the ability to react to the swings with a productive counter so that you can level them off.
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