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Old 05-07-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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Drop checker?

My day started great. So I decided to go to as much LFS as I can(out of town as well). I was looking for bromothymol blue solution for my drop checker and the conversation went like this with the 5 LFS that I've been to...

Me: Do you have a drop checker and bromothymol blue?
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Me: "Explained what it's for"
LFS: bubble counter?
Me: No, a drop checker.
LFS: "looking confused again"
Me: "showed the guy a picture of a drop checker"
LFS: oh, a bubble counter!
Me: No, a drop checker "fake smile"
LFS: we don't carry that. Go check the other stores.
Me: "why u no have drop checker?!"

I didn't really say the last part. Lol.

Thats pretty much how it went with all 5 stores. How come they don't know what a drop checker is? Frustrating...
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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Planted Aquariums are such a niche segment of the hobby... a good knowledgeable store that deals in planted tank equipment is such a rarity--especially with the advent of the internet.

eBay seems to be about the best source if you want a glass drop checker... otherwise I think Dr. Foster & Smith sells the plastic ones on the cheap.

Don't forget your 4dKH solution... Even stores that sell drop checkers often don't understand that a drop checker is measuring CO2 very arbitrarily if a standard known solution is not mixed with the bromothymol blue.
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I made a 4dkh solution last week. Baking soda and distilled water. How low does the solution last before I need to make another one? I also bought a cheap drop checker on eBay from hong kong that came with a CO2 solution. A mix of 4dkh, bromothymol blue and another one. It doesn't work though. The solution is color orange. I asked the seller and they said to mix it with aquarium water. I know that that is incorrect and just decided to buy the bromothymol blue. I asked the LFS first if they have a drop checker because if they do there is a big chance they have the bromothymol blue as well. I guess I'll just buy that on eBay or is there any website that is better?
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eBay is the best if you are just going to get another drop checker.

You could probably find a bottle of bromothymol blue from a chemical supply company or something online for very cheap... and it would last FOREVER.

For example... Bromothymol Blue pH indicator Laboratory Chemical 30mL
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Lounge? Hmmm. Ok.


Drop checker. So, you just drop it in and it checks the co2?
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eBay is the best if you are just going to get another drop checker.

You could probably find a bottle of bromothymol blue from a chemical supply company or something online for very cheap... and it would last FOREVER.

For example... Bromothymol Blue pH indicator Laboratory Chemical 30mL
Bookmarked! I will also order a bottle now. Thanks Justin
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Lounge? Hmmm. Ok.

Drop checker. So, you just drop it in and it checks the co2?
It wasn't really a question about a drop checker but how come the LFS doesn't know anything about it. So, I wasn't sure if I should post it n planted aquarium forum.

Anyways, what do you mean by "just drop it in and it checks CO2? The solution that came with my drop checker?
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Thats pretty much how it went with all 5 stores. How come they don't know what a drop checker is? Frustrating...
Same reason they don't know what cycling is 75% of the time and if I say fishless cycling they almost faint lol. A new (well new ownership) LFS owner asked how I was cycling and when I told him pure ammo, his comment was "goin' old school, nice...". That almost made me faint lol.
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That was purely a joke... lol

I'm thinking of ordering this- Aquarium Glass Drop Checker x3 for Co2 Monitor Tester | eBay
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That was purely a joke... lol

I'm thinking of ordering this- Aquarium Glass Drop Checker x3 for Co2 Monitor Tester | eBay
How come I am always serious and not getting your jokes? Lol. Thank Jonathan.
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