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    Refractometer / Meds

    Dose anyone know if having meds in the water will effect the readings rendered by the refractometer. These meds do make the water somewhat cloudy and i am getting a very high reading as compared a few days after the tank was setup.
    Rob

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    I suspect it's possible. I was getting weird readings (high one day and low another time, not large amounts though) when I was treating my hospital tank with copper. I knew they had to be wrong because I'm using natural seawater. Now that the treatment is over the readings are normal again.
    Susan

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    By about how much were your readings changed Susan?
    Rob

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    Just a few points. I normally keep my tanks at 1.026. One time I got a reading of 1.023 another it was up to 1.028. I was using Cupramine which also lowered pH and made my ammonia test kit ineffective.
    Susan

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    OK thanks for the info Susan. I got a reading of 1.30 the other day and was Leary to adjust anything until I was done using meds.
    Rob

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    I find it really frustrating trying to get accurate readings with meds. With sick fish you want to keep a close eye on everything even moreso but can't. Par for the course I guess.
    Susan

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