Making testing easy with a magnetic stirrer

As we all know testing our system can be time consuming and challenging. Did I time the test, right? Did I count the drops, right? Did I shake...
By jsker, Jan 30, 2017 | |
  1. Making testing easy with a magnetic stirrer


    As we all know testing our system can be time consuming and challenging. Did I time the test, right? Did I count the drops, right? Did I shake the vile long enough?

    After some thought, I started looking around for a way to simplify the shaking, dropping, and adding the reagent and I came up with using a lab magnetic stirrer. I use Red Sea test kits and also, I have also tried test on Salifert test kits using their vials and it works too.

    Equipment

    · Magnetic stirrer, I went with is the Apera Insterments link

    · I have also use the SR Aquaristik Speed Test great portable tester link

    · 20 ml beakers for regular tests link

    · 10 ml beakers for small volume milliliter tests link

    · Tweezers to pull the stir bars out of the vials and beakers link

    · Silicone bakers mat, yes it is over kill but I have found that the reagents eat through cotton towels and discolor wood desk tops link

    · PTFE stir bar white, 10 mm and 5 mm. What I did, is order a 7pc set to get the sizes I needed. link


    Here are the traditional test Red Sea videos

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    Here is how I am now doing my test with the stirrer.

    Using the Apera Stirrer


    Using the SR Aquaristik Speed Test


    I log my test results using my controller software and use my thread as a sort of journal to post my results there.

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