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Drop Checker and solution

Hi all,

Recently I decided to upgrade my lights, start DIY CO2 and begin carpeting HC. I dose excel as well. With all this extra CO2 I upped my aeration and flow as a precaution. So instead of guesstimating and dreading one day to find my fish swimming sideways, I'm looking into drop checkers.

So my questions are:

1. What are your favorite drop checkers or kits and where to purchase?
2. Where do you buy your dKH solution and ph indicator? *Edited


As of now I'm thinking about purchasing a glass one from ebay, but no idea about the solution yet.

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I get mine from Nilocg, dude is amazing and hell of a price!

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ghlight=nilocg

I use the glass one
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I get mine from Nilocg, dude is amazing and hell of a price!

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ghlight=nilocg

I use the glass one
Thanks! Please correct me if i'm wrong, would I need to mix the dkh with a pH solution (read that somewhere)?
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Thanks! Please correct me if i'm wrong, would I need to mix the dkh with a pH solution (read that somewhere)?
Yep. I just use the stuff from my API kits. Does a good job
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I got a glass DC from eBay for under $3. The first one arrived broken but the second arrived intact.

For solution, I use bottled Crystal Geyser spring water which just happened to be ~4dKH. There's Ca and Mg in it which probably raises the pH slightly, but it works well enough. Cheap, too. I have an entire case of it. And yes, you would mix the pH solution with the water. 1-2 drops would be enough. 3 is way too much.
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I got a glass DC from eBay for under $3. The first one arrived broken but the second arrived intact.

For solution, I use bottled Crystal Geyser spring water which just happened to be ~4dKH. There's Ca and Mg in it which probably raises the pH slightly, but it works well enough. Cheap, too. I have an entire case of it. And yes, you would mix the pH solution with the water. 1-2 drops would be enough. 3 is way too much.
Haha nice find with the water.

I'm assuming the drop checker shipped from Asia, how fast did it arrive?
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Haha nice find with the water.

I'm assuming the drop checker shipped from Asia, how fast did it arrive?
It took more than a month. So I had to wait two months.
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Haha nice find with the water.

I'm assuming the drop checker shipped from Asia, how fast did it arrive?
It takes a few weeks for them to arrive; but they are super cheap so order two. That way if you break one, you won't have to wait a month for a replacement.

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