Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

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Post by PetPirate » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:47 pm

Aren't Monos bred in Singapore for the trade though?
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Post by TheSmJ » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:55 pm

I just take a water sample to my LFS to get it checked on a refractometer. So far my Instant Ocean hydrometer has been spot on.

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Jay.B. » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:55 am

I use an AQUAMEDIC refractometer for my brackish tank, it is shared with my other half and her marine setup.
it cost us about £40 from Maidenhead Aquatics, which to the folks across the pond equates to somewhere in the region of $75 - $80
Not cheap (but also not bank breaking), but a very worth while investment for the health of your little inflatable buddies

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by PufferGrrl » Sun May 11, 2008 1:13 pm

I have to agree, I got the portable refractometer off of Drs. Foster & Smith. It's so much easier to read than the floating refractometers. I never had a swing arm type one, but as much as I use it, it was well worth it.

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Christemo » Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:39 am

I remember using the huge ones of those in my Chem 101 class. I may still have mine around. I never thought about using it for the salinity! Thanks. :D
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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Okashiko » Thu May 28, 2009 3:22 pm

I've got a hydrometer and I quite like it, but I can definitely vouch for refractometers too. I used to use a portable refractometer in my estuarine field research all the time, and they're pretty spot on.
Heheheh, they're fun to use, too! :3

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Adam_Lelk » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:44 pm

I bought that refractometer from Drs. Foster and Smith:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/p ... catid=9957

So far it works really well. I would suggest buying the calibration fluid, too.

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:11 am

Yep, ya need both!
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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Bonhilda » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:33 am

I have a refractometer but have never used it because the instructions say that the water has to be room temperature before one tests it. That confused me... the calibration thing was tedious enough!

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Diz1 » Thu May 11, 2017 10:40 pm

Any one you all suggest in particular?

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Re: Best investment for your tank, IMHO: Refractometers

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri May 12, 2017 8:47 am

Not really. I just got the cheapest one on Ebay.
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