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Old 09-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #11
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Refractometers are as simple as technology can get. I bought a cheap one on E-bay and it works fine. I would calibrate it, but mine came in already right on. BRS is also a good bet.
mine off ebay just kept losing it calibration so i had to redo it every time. Mine from BRS has held cal since i got it.
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mine off ebay just kept losing it calibration so i had to redo it every time. Mine from BRS has held cal since i got it.
Winner winner chicken dinner...you got the bad one! Usually happens to me too.
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ok..ok refractometer it is. Don't know what I was thinking. Wanted to save money.
Tried my hydrometer last night with some tap water and it read 1.004. Instructions say it should read 1.000. Guess you should not get cheap on a device that is one of the most important items you can have when it comes to salt water tanks...
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ok..ok refractometer it is. Don't know what I was thinking. Wanted to save money.
Tried my hydrometer last night with some tap water and it read 1.004. Instructions say it should read 1.000. Guess you should not get cheap on a device that is one of the most important items you can have when it comes to salt water tanks...
Yes, I used the old hydrometer for many years. The same one at least, so it was consistent. But the refractometer is much better.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:14 AM   #15
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Winner winner chicken dinner...you got the bad one! Usually happens to me too.
We can sum it up to operator error lol i dont mind

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ok..ok refractometer it is. Don't know what I was thinking. Wanted to save money.
Tried my hydrometer last night with some tap water and it read 1.004. Instructions say it should read 1.000. Guess you should not get cheap on a device that is one of the most important items you can have when it comes to salt water tanks...
When i first started into it and learned about the hydrometer issues. So i took my water to a friend with a refractometer and it measured the exact same but not that long ago i bought a new one and it showed my tank was 1.020 so i took my water back to a friend and he showed 1.026 so to the internet i went shopping for a refractometer lol. I use the BRS one and their calibration solution instead of rodi. Makes more sense to me to calibrate it in the range you'll be using it for.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:39 PM   #16
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Yeah... Go with a refractometer. It's quick, accurate and inexpensive. Instant Ocean's hydrometer is quite accurate as well, but is a pain whenever the dial gets stuck.
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At roughly $30, its not even a sizeable expense in the scope of the sw hobby. I always recommend refracs
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You guys were right. Bought one over the weekend. Easy to use. What was I thinking....lol
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