Thanks for your Help... That is a cool looking JD. My LFS has a tiny little Electric white JD. He is literally less than an inch long. ($28!) He'd kill all my fish.... I know it. Even though hes very small, he's an aggressive cichlid, and one that I'd only keep maybe with an oscar.
OK, So I made me a small Drop checker... Here it is:
Very simple using what I had in the house. Not as elagant I dare say, as yours. Just a small glass bottle, cut down wine cork, a plastic 3ml syringe barrel, a pc of copper wire and a clear suction cup. THe construction Is rather self explanatory.
I had no trouble making the 4dkh solution, 1.2gms seachem alkaline buffer(just a hopped up version of baking soda) 1Lt of distilled water. Then I poured off 50ml of that solution into a bottle to which I added 450ml of distilled water and Voila! 500ml 4dkh solution!
Here's my problem.... I use a pH test kit made by Sera, and as near as I can tell it is not made with BTB! I think it's Phenol Red. It turns the solution green no matter what. Never blue. Im going to buy the API pH kit later today but this makes me wonder... I wonder if it will still work with the sera, Just I'll get different colors rather than the standard Blue and yellow. My pH chart is orange red for acidic, and green to dark freen for alkaline.
So Sera pH Reagent will not work like the BTB reagents. That sucks, but whatever. I'm going to make another and test my theory that you will get diff colors other than blue and yellow.
What do you think???
My 29gal PLanted before ading the cannister filter and co2:
You can see the 2 Balloon Rams, But the cockatoos are hiding...
Also... I'm afraid I may have to remove ALL the plants, scrub the rocks, and replant fresh to get rid of that damned BBA! I'm not using a timer, Im buying one today, and the lights are on a very sporadic schedule. I'm just afraid IT wont go away. I have to pick it and trim leaves daily to keep it at bay.... sucks.
Thanks for your help!