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Old 10-21-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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small idea - help with filling test tubes

Just an idea but I quickly became frustrated trying to fill my vials in the API kit with tank water,(could never get it at the darn line ) I went to Walgreens and bought a small syringe (no needle, like you would give a child cough medicine with, mine was a 12 cc). now I just have to draw up 5 cc (ml is the same) and push it into the vial...voila correct level!

again just an idea to make testing a little less frustrating
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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My Tetra test kit came with a 10cc syringe just for that purpose. It was a breeze to do all the tests using the syringe to draw up tank water
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:13 PM   #3
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Brilliant.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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The issue I have using that **** test is reading the colors off the chart! (I have a red/green color blindness and it makes reading the chart difficult sometimes)
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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Ouch! I can see that could be a problem. I have a hard time reading those things without that kind of problem.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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Perhaps...

Perhaps accurate results can be obtained though the amount of water is a bit above or below the 5 ml line. That would be a good question to get an answer for.

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I actually did this exact same thing. I also have a couple of small pippettes I use for the same purpose, but the syringe thingy works best.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:32 PM   #8
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I have a nice little plastic cup with a spout on the end of it. Makes pouring the right amount very easy. It came with my Black and Decker Quick Press clothing iron. So if you're in need of a new iron...
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I did this after filling my vials for like a week
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The issue I have using that **** test is reading the colors off the chart! (I have a red/green color blindness and it makes reading the chart difficult sometimes)
Me too. I take my best guess, then call my wife or one of my daughters to see if I was right...
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