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Who uses pH pens? And are you happy with it, what brand do you use, how much was it and do you consider it a good investment?
 

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Be careful with what type of PH pen you buy, I bought a Hanna PH checker (take note it was a "checker" not a "meter") Biggest load of junk I ever bought :(
 

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Thanks for the heads up Viper. What the hell is a checker by the way?
 

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A cheap useless non-working version of a meter :lol:

I dunno, they seem to be a lot less accurate and designed more for giving you a rough guideline as to what your PH is, whereas a meter will give much more accurate, dependable readings.
 

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Mine says 8.3/8.4 all the time so I'm happy. Don't use it that often. My pH just "is" I don't fiddle with it.
 

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I have also been lucky with my pH, never had a problem.

But I figured, if I'm gonna pay R150 for a pH test kit, then, if a pH pen is about R300 - R400 I might as well by the pen instead.
 

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To be honest, I spent a fortune on a pinpoint PH meter, I think I used it maybe 4 times, now I just switch it on when I am bored and have nothing else to do, maybe once every 2 weeks.
 

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LOL nice viper:)
I have never had a problem with Ph only nitrate;) so i dont use a PH pen and i normaly check once a week
 

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All I really want is something that I dip into the water every now and then and get a reading.
 

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Would love to Mekaeel, but I think they will be a bit steep for me.

Also, I want to use it on several tanks.
 
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Gali, i know aquilibra was going to bring them in. I would rather use the pen, its a hell of a lot cheaper, and you can use it on a series of tanks.
 
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How hard is it to test ph - 5ml in test tube, 1 drop and check the color chart? 20 seconds maybe. With the TM test kit I can tell the diffs between 8.2 and 8.4 without looking at the chart....
 

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