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whats a good PPM meter

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by Dabber68, Dec 5, 2017.

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    NrthrnMichigan

    NrthrnMichigan Well-Known Member

    I have been using the Blue Lab combo meter for about 3 years, It reads ec tds and ppm. Temp and ph. The meter itself has a 5 year warranty but the ph probe has a 1 year warranty and it takes a dump once a year...like clock work, been replacing the ph probe.
     
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    since1991

    since1991 Well-Known Member

    Same here. Exact same meter. Ive had about 3 or 4 years now. And the replaceable pH probes...if you take care of them..clean amd calibrate often..last about a year. I try and keep kcl pH storage solution in the little vial always filled as well. If you dont clean and calibrate..just get lazy with them (ive done it)...6 months tops. The EC/TDS probe right next to the pH probe...built like a tank. Solid and reliable. But pH meters are by nature a finicky little instrument. Ive used em all too. Hannah..Oakton..Millwaukee..all of em. PH meters and pens can act wierd and wonky every now and again. I have pH drops/color chart and a cheap yellow Chinese pH pen I keep around for backup. When I know my Bluelab starts acting funny I bust these out to confirm the read of the test sample.
     
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    NrthrnMichigan

    NrthrnMichigan Well-Known Member

    Before the last ph probe replacement I notice that the point where the lead (wire) connects to the probe is fragile (the weakest link) When it was failing I noticed when I turned or twisted the probe it would work. I used a piece of gorilla tape to reinforce and secure it (the wire to the probe) I got another 6 months out of it. I also have the Blue Lab ph pen for backup. The pen I've had for about 6 years and is very reliable if taken care of.
     
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    Grandpapy

    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    Environmentally speaking, Blue lab is manufactured where the workers are some of the most contented and eco friendly in the world and their profits don't fund China's thirst for oil.
    I use the combo, my first probe lasted 3yrs before I let it dry out one morning.:cuss:
    I only clean it when it gets slow, and it always sits in nutes bucket.
    It tells me when I should Calibrate.

    In my opinion BlueLab is the "SnapOn" of probes.
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    Thats why i figured if i always had it in a res it would never dry lol

    For the convenience of it ill gladly replace a probe because with multiple res's its easy to drop in one and do something while it reads

    But it it shits the bed ill be going cheap after this one lol
     
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    since1991

    since1991 Well-Known Member

    If you use additives like humics/fulvics and kelps and aminos..yucca or whatever...that little glass bulb is gonna get filmy quick...throwing off your reads.
     
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    Grandpapy

    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    True that, I use to use a Ice Scraper/Brush to clean tanks when I was contaminating with that live stuff! lol
    But the BlueLab would just slowdown for me when it was dirty 10sec vs 5 sec. for example.
    Truth is my back couldn't take the punishment of scrubbing the tanks, now all micros get mixed in a pitcher and hand dispensed. (insert old man smiley)
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    I do ill give them a look only been a few days

    But even though i use kelp and the rest

    The res will turn clear after about a day
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    I dont clean anything in my set up til chop day

    Unless something funky happens
     
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    since1991

    since1991 Well-Known Member

    You know what? I dont frikin either. I certainly should. But I only flush out my drip lines and scrub tanks right before reloading the room or sections I should say. Humic acid addys can leave some straight up black dust on every frikin thing in the tank. Its one reason why I switched to pure fulvic. BioAg Fulpower gor the win. Still a little gunky but nowhere near as dirty as some leonardite based stuff.
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    I clean in between runs
    but after my system gets settled.in i dont do any major cleaning or flushes
    Unless i sense a problem
     
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    jonsnow399

    jonsnow399 Well-Known Member

    Myron Ultrapen 1 Ftw. metal not cheap plastic
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    Does it sink if you drop it in lol

    Jk couldnt help it :)
     
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    jonsnow399

    jonsnow399 Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter its waterproof!:clap:
     
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