Having fun with a Hanna Alk Checker

AquariumSchmo

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I just got a Hanna Checker for alkalinity today. It's awesome! I'm sure many of you have one. If you don't, I highly recommend it. It is so much easier than other tests where you have to determine if the color actually changed. And I'm so glad I got it because I found out my alk is at 6.0. I checked it with a Salifert test kit (which I never use) and got the same level. Going to start dosing two part manually for a while and get a doser in March for my birthday. I started with 5ml and that bumped it up to 6.3.

I also tested a freshly mixed batch of LiveAquaria salt; got 8.9. I do water changes weekly, but I guess all the coral that I've added lately is soaking it all up.

I'm on the fence about purchasing the Hanna Checker for calcium though because of the cost of the reagent. It is $0.92 per test vs only $0.36 for alkalinity.
 

Steve Burton

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I use Hanna for alk, calcium and low range phosphate, I'm discovering that I don't need to check calcium as often, I dont have to check it near as often as I check alk and phosphate
 

vols22

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I need to check my parameters...I haven't checked my parameters in a long time. I need to check, I have all the stuff. My corals and fish seem to be super happy so I haven't felt the need to. Plus I do water changes every week, no real excuse to not check. I have a hanna checker I will use it just because of this post.
 
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