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Question Colorblind-friendly test kits?

Any other colorblind folks out there?

I ordered Red Sea test kits for pH, Nitrates, Phosphates, and an Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kit for gH / kH.

Although the colors of the extremes are easy to differentiate, many of the mid-range readings have ambiguous colors that are hard to tell apart.

Is there a brand of test kit that may be easier for me to read? What about the high-end LaMotte kits? Do they still require comparing the color of a liquid to a chart?

I'll probably use this situation to justify buying a pH controller , but I will need to know the Nitrate and Phosphate levels to appropriately dose fertilizers.

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Any other colorblind folks out there?

I ordered Red Sea test kits for pH, Nitrates, Phosphates, and an Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kit for gH / kH.

Although the colors of the extremes are easy to differentiate, many of the mid-range readings have ambiguous colors that are hard to tell apart.

Is there a brand of test kit that may be easier for me to read? What about the high-end LaMotte kits? Do they still require comparing the color of a liquid to a chart?

I'll probably use this situation to justify buying a pH controller , but I will need to know the Nitrate and Phosphate levels to appropriately dose fertilizers.

I just ask my wife to read the results for me.

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Lamotte isn't very colorful, and gives you samples of each readable value.
My friend Travis is colorblind, can't see shades of red/purple/orange...but can use a Lamotte nitrate and phosphate test kit.
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Cool... thanks for the suggestions. I'll have my girlfriend help me for now, but maybe I'll try the Lamotte kits in the future.

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Salifert has been working on a line of there. I saw some posts about this on Reef Central. You may want to contact Salifert and see what he's got going. From my understanding he is very good at replying.

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