PH probe cleaning

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  1. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Im having issues with my probe. Its loosing its calibration. So I was wondering Who cleans their probes, how regularly and with what?
     
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    You should store your probe in storage solution, this will triple its life span
     
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    Which probe is it?
     
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    std monitoring probe its stored in the sump water 24/7
     
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    How often does it loose calibration?
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Every 2 weeks or so for the last month. It is about 6 months old. never cleaned.
     
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    Every 2 weeks is not bad at all considering its being used 24/7
    If you really wanted to get strict most probes would need weekly calibration
    The salt water is not very harmful considering a pH probe is designed for pH down to 0 and as high as 14 so if anything you could just clean it with some RO water
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I was reading some guys put it in vinigar for 5 minutes
     
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    Vinegar is a good one. Hannah make a special cleaning solution for pH probes but like I said the salt water is really not corrosive on the probe
     
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    I have had to replace three probes in the last 5 months. But from what @Quintin has posted I c=think I know why. My 9 calibration fluid might be contaminated. Thanks @Quintin.
     
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    this might be a possibility...
     
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    @butcherman .. do you use mean well drivers on your LED unit? if you do did you have issues with the PH probe creating an electrical current in the tank? Did you have to ground the probe at all with the reef angel unit?
     
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    @Ishtak ive had that issue before. You got any futher info on what causes that? I dont have a grounding probe
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    @Ishtak, no led drivers on the probe.

    I did soak is in vinigar for 10 mins and gave it gentle toothbrush clean. ph probe is working correctly again. I recalibrated afterwards just in case :) (i see the reef angel banner has not updated yet :p)
     
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