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    Electronic Testers

    Hey Guys,
    Looking at getting some electronic testers for Ph, Nitrates, Nitrites and Ammonia.
    Was wondering whether anyone has had any experience with them and what brands they used.
    Cheers
    Rob

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    Surly someone has seen/used them?

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    Medium Discus
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    G'day Rob, we can supply both conductivity/tds, and PH for under $25 each.

    As for ammonia and nitrates, I have tried both in the form of a truntion stick, both were accurate in the start but became inconsistent and required constant calibration. There may be better ones out there I'm guessing, for my money a liquid test is simplest and fastest for ammonia, etc.

    Hope my humble 2 cents were somewhat helpful dude.

    Gl with your search.

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    Larvae
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    I bought a PH tester yesterday, didn't reply as I had not really used it yet. However today after calibration etc I used it on all the tanks. Sure is quick and the results seem to say much the same as the liquid tests did so I'm pretty sure it is accurate and is way quicker than the liquid tests. FYI its a ECO ph2. It has 3 calibration points, 4.0 7.0 and 10.0. Is quick to calibrate and simple to use. Cost was about $170. No idea if that is a good price, I just saw it in a Hydroponics shop and bought it.

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    Larvae
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    Oooooo I guess thats a lot more expensive than the EA one but it did include 3 x 250ml bottles of calibration stuff and a bottle of probe cleaner, same size. Cheers

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    Wrigglers
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    I have an 'American Marine' pH monitor and have found them to be easy to use and accurate. Will cost you about $100 for the monitor and $40 for postage to Aus though.

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    Free Swimmer Nev's Avatar
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    Just bought a PH meter on ebay, $18 from china.
    Includes 2 x calibration fluids, 4 + 10.
    Will see if it's any good in a couple of weeks.

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    Just an Egg
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    I used one that tested pH, ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential), and temp. Total waste of money. pH is much easier to measure with an accurate liquid test, and I don't need pH accuracy to a hundredth of a tick. ORP was actually helpful (if there was a drastic change in ORP, something was going on in the tank and it was bothering the fish--is how I used it).

    I forgot the brand maker of it, but it was some Taiwanese company. It required constant calibration (the pH meter) since the readings were way off. I don't know if the machine was the problem (I have since sent it away to be serviced via my vendor/LFS and they haven't gotten back to me despite my many calls in the last 4 months. I don't go to that particular LFS anymore).

    This is the product I used. The manual was very difficult to understand, although the site is Korean.

    I have no idea if other products are more accurate (although I'm thinking of getting one for TDS--Total Dissolved Solids), but I'm not buying one anymore.

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    Free Swimmer Nev's Avatar
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    I use a cheap China ebay ph tester; quick, easy and accurate. wouldn't bother with an electronic anything else for testing. Come to think of it, l hardly ever test my water so ignore everything l've said - lol

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