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Old 07-26-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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Refractometer

I am going to be purchasing a refractometer. I was hoping you all could let me know what I need to consider when getting one. I was wondering if this one one be OK to use.

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Old 07-26-2005, 09:29 PM   #2
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Looks good to me!

You could also check www.premiumaquatics.com they have a nice blue one that I and several other members use. It looks a lot like the one you found.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:55 AM   #3
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Are these things much more accurate than a hydrometer?
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Old 07-27-2005, 08:34 AM   #4
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Some will say yes and others will say no. I personally trust my refractometer WAYYYY more than my old swingarm hydrometer!
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IMO there better then hydrometers... You can not calibrate a hydrometers a reftactometer you can. I trusted my hydro for years then i compained it to a refracto and I found that I was running my tank at 1.028 when I thought it was at 1.025. worth the money..
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exactly!!!
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Most people I know who run with a hydro have water that's off by .003-.005. A refractometer is a necessary purchase in the hobby, IMO.

That looks like the refractometer that I bought. Make sure whatever one you get has automatic temperature compensation. The SG is temp dependant and it would be a pain to have to calculate that on the fly if you needed to be ultra accurate (like for hypo).
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Well, I just found something else to spend some $ on then, LOL.
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