CO2 Regulator and Test Kits
Subject: CO2 regulator
> The regulator you purchased must be defective. A bubble a minut
> be within the bounds of any regulator without freezing up.
Not so. MOST regulators can't drop the pressure this low. That's
why a needle valve is necessary to fine tune the flow.
Subject: Test Kit Ranking...
> I was planning to buy some test kits to be able to control bette
> chemical aspects of the water,<snip> Anyway, what I wa
> was that if anybody had already tried with more than one brand h
> share his conclusions.
I use several Tetra kits that I like including KH, O2 and Nitrate.
I've also used their CO2 kit which I _don't_ like. I use the AP
pHgeneral hardness and ammonia test kits, which both seem
adequate. I use Dupla's FE and PO tests, although I've heard
there are better ones, and I'll probably try another brand when I
use these up. The Cu test I have is Kordon acu-tru. I like these
test kits, because they are pretty easy to read. This doesn't
mean there aren't better test kits around, but these are the ones
I use currewntly, and they appear to be adequate for my purposes.
BTW, I don't do much testing anyway.
> I was also wondering if there was a significant difference in qu
> usefullness between the normal "drop" kits and the "paper strip"
The only ime I tried the stips, (happened to be Mardel) they were
_wildly_ (IMO dangerously) inaccurate.
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