Hanna Phosphate Checker

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    drm180

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    Has anyone ever used one of these? Hanna Instruments Checker Colorimeter Accessories
    I am having algae problems even though my API test measures zero phosphates. This seems to be more acurate so I think I should invest in one. I'd just like to get some reviews before I spend the $85 on the checker and the reagents.
     
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    I haven't used that specific model, but I know that Hannah instruments are generally quite reliable... used them at work all the time.
     
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    The one I have is extremely easy to us too. I wish all testing was that easy. Maybe I'd do it more. I hate counting drops and guessing colors.
     
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    Yeah. The color differentiation is really hard for me with other test kits so I thought this might be better.
     
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    you could go one better and get a UV-VIS instrument. They're several hundred thousand, but you wouldn't have to guess the colors of anything anymore-- it would give you the precise wavelength. :D

    No, I haven't actually done this with my hobby test kits. Really. Stop looking at me like that...
     
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    She's a nut. :mrgreen:
     
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    That's perfect! I'll get one right away!
     
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    I have one of those and love it. The color guessing was honestly a waste of time. My tank has a PO4 of 0.03 when I got it and I now have it at a steady 0.01 and the bit of algae growth I did have is totally stopped. I have all of their new meters except Iodine and love them all.
     
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    They are a bit pricy, but if you're in the hobby long enough then they will save you money and a lot of time.
     
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    Dcan you couldnt find more things to buy in order to save you money! :)
     
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    Yeah.... it's kinda, ironic don't you think?
     
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