Colour Blind and Testing

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  1. Fester

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    Hi all,

    not sure if this is in the right spot in the forum.
    I know I will get allot of LOL's from this but hey - im here for help.
    What is the best auto type of testing system - something that can test the important stuff ie, PH, alk, sg, NA etc etc (the very important ones.)

    standard test kits never work for me due to this, and relying on someone else is a pain in the a..!!!

    I did try search but found nothing that really eases my mind. unless i messed up searching lol

    please any info would really be very helpful

    Thanks
     
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    Is there somewhere in South Africa where one can buy these checkers?
     
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    Thanks.

    Yes I am also wondering the same.

    any of the sponsors out there that know of a digital readout system for testing?

    I got the bad genes - im a lefty and colours confuse the poo outta my brain.

    yellow/orange - blue/purple and red/brown all look the same to me lol
     
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    im also looking for like a complete all in 1 type of system if you know what i mean, that i can just scroll through menus or something and it will show the different levels of different tests
     
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    Try find a lab that will test the important ones for you, they will give you a report.

    Polution lads will do it, some chemists might, there is a lab in my neighborhood that tested mine.
     
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    This item is also manufactured by Hanna, used for aquaculture etc, it allows you to test for:
    Ammonia LR


    Ammonia MR


    Chlorine, Free


    Chlorine, Total


    Copper HR


    Copper LR


    Nitrate


    Nitrite HR


    Nitrite LR


    Oxygen,
    Dissolved (DO)



    pH


    Phosphate HR


    Phosphate LR

    I think you will be looking at around $450 though, but worth it if you consider the cost of the checker range.
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Hanna-Instruments-Multiparameter-Photometer-Aquaculture/dp/B005FH32J4/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1314037339&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Hanna Instruments Multiparameter Photometer, Measures 13 Methods, For Aquaculture: Industrial & Scientific@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Qc7aFhNdL.@@AMEPARAM@@41Qc7aFhNdL[/ame]


    here is the link: Multiparameter Photometer for Aquaculture, HI 83203 | HANNA Instruments
     
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    cool thanks for the info

    any other ones out there?
    SPONSORS???

    I would like to test for the following
    ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, PH, Alkalinity, Calcium, phosphates.

    Would be really cool if one could get a system that you could mount in the cabinet, with its probes going into the return chamber of the sump (should be cleanest water due to filtration) all neat and tidy!! (dreams)
     
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    Not always possible as temperature also effects results for some parameters.
     
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    Did you see my link up there. You can buy the hanna stuff directly from hanna south africa.

    Also amonia and nitrites are not things you have to test as often as you would test the other parameters. Mostly just during the initial cycle of your tank.

    You also might want to add magnesium to your list.
     
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    yeah - I have heard temp can effect readings

    Thanks cocacolaza - i misread there. busy checking it out now - thanks a ton
     
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    Also color blind. The wife does all the color chart comparison work for me
     
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    Lol, me too. In have heard that the results are best checked under fluorescent light so I send her to the garage to check the results.
     
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    Have you dealt with Hanna before?

    Perhaps in Gauteng they know what the terms customer and service mean....... I have one of those Hanna multi parameter photometers, for exactly the same reason, i.e. pink is pink is pink and blue is blue is blue and of course not trusting hobby grade tests.

    Bear in mind though thet the Hanna photometers do not work for Nitrate, as the salts in seawater intefere with it..... Can be made to work with dilutiuon factors and knowing the rate of interference perhaps?, but thats work in itself. Works great for the rest.... My way around the NO3 problem was simply to get it down to undetecatble levels and keep it there....
    Have been considering selling mine, let me know if interested......
     
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    If you have a bullet proof way of accomplishing this please let me know. Would appreciate the help.
     
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    Buy a bottle of Vodka, put in freezer...... but it has to be proper russian potato based..... you know...... the really good stuff!

    Install some of those little square biocube blocks that look like feta cheese , 2 - 3ml per litre of tank volume, add some bacteria, give it some time, add some quality Carbon, employ decent skimmer, dont overfeed, ramp up the flow, keep up with water changes with a good salt and RODI water and if space allows, grow sume turf algae in a scrubber or Chaeto in a fuge or a remote dsb.......... Oh yes, of course, follow good husbandry techniques.....

    After a month, take the vodka out your freezer, pour it over some ice, squeeze in some lemon juice, then sit back and congratulate yourself on a job well done...
     
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