- Make sure you don’t create bubbles by shaking the vials too much.
- Avoid letting the sample with the reagent sit for too long in the vial before you put it in the meter. After adding the reagent shake the vial gently for two minutes and then put it in the meter right away. If it is reacting for more than two minutes you may get a higher reading since the reaction time is longer.
- Don’t let the sample sit in the vial after the test is done. Discard it immediately as the vial might get stained and impact future tests.
- When done with the test rinse the vials with RODI water and put the vials back in the test kit. Do not rinse with tap water.
- After using the vials for a year replace them since they may get dirty or stained after a lot of use. Replacement vials only cost $8 so it is worth it.
If you would like some help with a new tank build, including help designing a custom aquarium, or help re-configuring your current setup then you can visit this page for more information. And if you are looking to add some equipment, I do sell GHL, Pax Bellum, Reef Octopus Calcium and Kalk Reactors and Royal Exclusiv products, including Dreamboxes, which is the equipment I use and recommend. I also sell Reef Brite metal halide and LED fixtures as well as Maxspect & IceCap Gyres.
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