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Yeah!!! Free drop checker from LFS - is it any good?

I don't know if it's any good but it's free. Has anyone used the dupla CO2 drop checker? At least I think it's a drop checker - it sticks to the tank and uses a reagent. I won't be crushed if you say it's junk.
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It wont hurt to at least try. Im pretty sure a drop checker is is jut a vessel for your reagent, althouth some may provide a slight bit more wate to air surface area thet may speed up color change in the reagent.

If you like the way it looks, nothing beats free!!!


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I put it in. It seems to be working - only showing blue green interestingly. I'm using 2.5 bps.
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how long has it been since you put it in
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It's been about 2 hours now. The color hasn't changed much, even though I upped it to 5 bps (did this 45 min ago). My PH kit shows a light yellow green (6.4 or 6.2). The drop checker is bluish green though. I don't get it.
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i dont see how a checker wouldn't work if its constructed with the same principles, i try to keep mine half the volume air, other half water, this way i can tell if theres a leak of any sort.
Try making your own regeant, im sure you can get a decent recipe here for it.

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i dont see how a checker wouldn't work if its constructed with the same principles, i try to keep mine half the volume air, other half water, this way i can tell if theres a leak of any sort.
Try making your own regeant, im sure you can get a decent recipe here for it.
Yeah. I'm just using tank water now. I will make my own with baking soda and distilled water. But I still don't understand why it's not in the green.
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I just saw that you have used tap water this is even worse than using your aquarium water.
I meant tank water - not tap water. Sorry.
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How many drops of API blue stuff did you add the the standard?
My drop checker is made by dupla. It called for 1 ml aquarium water plus two drops of their reagent. It said it would give an accurate reading in 10 minutes. The reagent is orange until you add it to water - I don't know what this means a/b what chemical it is.
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My drop checker is made by dupla. It called for 1 ml aquarium water plus two drops of their reagent. It said it would give an accurate reading in 10 minutes. The reagent is orange until you add it to water - I don't know what this means a/b what chemical it is.
Sounds like the red sea drop checker I had. I didn't like it and ended up getting one from blacksunshine. Not to mention his comes with a true solution.

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find blacksunshine in the swap n shop and get some of his 4dkh reagent, if you dont then there is no reason to even have a drop checker and you could be a very big danger to your fish.

turn your co2 back to 2.5 bps untill you get some.


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find blacksunshine in the swap n shop and get some of his 4dkh reagent, if you dont then there is no reason to even have a drop checker and you could be a very big danger to your fish.

turn your co2 back to 2.5 bps untill you get some.
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