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 seen this model from Aquaristik 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 Nitrate Alk Ca Here is how I am now doing my test with the stirrer. I log my test results using my controller software and use my thread as a sort of journal to post my results there.