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    Looking to purchase both an ORP and TDS meter. Any suggestions from board members regarding which ones I should consider, based on your experiences as far as quality and dependability. Thanks!
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    tds meter

    http://cgi.aol.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...tem=2373140299 There is a link to where I got my handheld unit from nice easy e-bay purchase. orp I am not sure but you may browse through ebay and find that there as well. Also a good source for reverse osmosis units. great way of adding a couple of hundred gallons per day to keep all levels low tds and additives... just a thought
    " I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy "

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    • #3

      orp

      http://cgi.aol.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...&category=3212 found it just that fast 80 bucks isn't bad for an orp meter hope this helps
      " I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy "

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      • #4

        orp

        while we are on the topic all be it a broad one what are some ranges we should try to maintain? Relative to PH? Hardness? and oh heck lets hash over tds levels as well and salt will fall into this category. Seeing as I just got in from spreadding about forty tons of rock salt; ( on transit lots not in my pond ) it it fresh on the mind skin boots etc.
        " I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy "

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        • #5

          Thanks Mike for the information. Wow, looks like you guys are really getting blasted back there with weather. Hope all is well.

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          • #6

            Just last week I bought HANNA Instruments DIST 1 for measuring TDS. It is digital ( 0 to 1999 ppm), pocket size and very practical. Accuracy is to 1 ppm. Price: US$ 51,-

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            • #7

              I've one of those too Kiky - very easy to use.

              In fact all my meters are Hanna, i.e. TDS, Ammonia and Nitrite.

              rgds BERN
              South East Koi Club

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              • #8

                Hi Bern,

                You mean HANNA also has digital meter to measure ammonia and nitrite. I didn't know that. I think I have to buy that as well. I am all for the practical digital meter. I simply don't like measuring using chemicals and the likes.

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                • #9

                  Hi Kiki.

                  The Ammonia and Nitrite are electronic with digital display.
                  You still have to mix chemicals but instead of making a haphazard comparison against a chart this does it for you.

                  You basically put a test tube of pond water into the meter and zero in the meter. Takes a few seconds. Then mix a chemical with another test tube of pond water and place it the meter for a reading. The meter times the reading and gives a digital output.

                  One takes 10minutes the other less. I set up the ammonia (10mins) first and then the Nitrite (6mins) with a bit of experience you can get them both to read out at roughly the same time.

                  Once its done you wash out the test tubes and put it away. Probably 15 minutes all told and a far higher degree of accuracy than any colour comparison chart.

                  rgds BERN
                  South East Koi Club

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                  • #10

                    I became the Hanna Distributor for our region of the world...and, am now using Hanna Instruments...

                    I think they're all terrific.

                    Lee
                    Grand Cayman

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                    • #11

                      I agree.

                      rgds Bern
                      South East Koi Club

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                      • #12

                        I think the Hanna guy is going to lecture at the AFKAPS.

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                        • #13

                          meters

                          I think as a purely profesional way of making the top quality meters well known the speaker should bring a few meters to pass around to "selected" guest in attendance... Purely from the standpoint of word-of-mouth being the best form of advertising...
                          " I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy "

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                          • #14

                            Well Luke, you must know something that I don't. Since I'm the speaker coordinator, I must tell you that no one from Hanna is speaking.
                            Actually I contacted them once about donating to the show raffle and got a no, so end of story there. However, as you recall, you do have a room set aside to do some things like this at AFKAPS, so if a hobbyist is in town and wants to do some demoing for the group, I think that is a great idea.
                            If indeed you are in contact with someone from the company that would like to give a talk at AFKAPS, hey, great!!! Please have them contact me and I will put them on the regular schedule to speak. This is a good topic and would love to have one of their professionals present a talk at the show.

                            Rod L.

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                            • #15

                              Dang Rod,
                              I'm at least glad I said I "thought" the hanna guy was coming....where'd I read that he was coming to a koi show??????????????????

                              OoooH he is coming...just not speaking...Ok there'll be a vendor representing Hanna at AFKAPS...I bet he'll talk to you if you say please.

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