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Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer

Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer

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Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer Information




Designed specifically for aquarium use to measure the salinity of natural sea water (NSW). Most handheld saltwater refractometers available in the hobby are designed and calibrated for testing brine solution, i.e. sodium chloride, and are not calibrated for the refractive index of natural sea water. This is a very important distinction: other salinity refractometers used for marine aquariums are designed to test saltwater and nothing else! The Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer is designed to measure the salinity of NSW taking into account all the other elements that comprise salinity in the marine water sample.

Even though the largest percentage of salt in the sea is sodium chloride, the presence of other significant ions such as magnesium and calcium in NSW results in a different refractive index to that of brine. A standard (brine) refractometer will therefore not give the correct salinity for NSW and a conversion factor must be applied.

For example, a 35 ppt (parts per thousand) solution of NSW has the same refractive index as a 36.5 ppt solution of brine. When using a brine refractometer, an aquarium hobbyist should therefore look for a reading of 36.5 ppt when trying to achieve a reading of 35 ppt for NSW.

Easier to Read

One of the other problems with most refractometers is the scale displayed normally reads from 0-100 ppt when we are really only interested in the region from 30-40 ppt. The Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer has therefore been specifically designed to read from 1.020-1.040 which gives you 2.5 times the resolution of a normal 0-100 scale.

  • Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer
  • Protective Hardshell Case
  • Pipette
  • Soft Cloth
  • Calibration Screw Driver



Manufacturer Info

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Warranty

12 Month manufacturer warranty.

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Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refractometer Reviews



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A great tool

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Posted: 1/20/2014 from HENRICO, VA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I found the refractometer very easy to use. I like the fact that I now have readings on both salinity and specific gravity. Worth the expense in my opinion.


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Pro Refractometer

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!


Posted: 10/15/2013 from MASTIC BEACH, NY UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: This is very easy to read. Highly recommend this item for the serious aquarium buff.


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Nice Unit

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Posted: 8/26/2013 from FEDERAL WAY, WA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I love this new refractometer! The reason I purchased this is because of thescale that you see in the view finder. All the other brands out there all go up to 1.070 and the scale really small and a it difficult to read. And there is no need to go that high for reef tanks. This scale only goes up to 1.030 and the scale is larger and much easier to read and get accurate. I let it acclimate to the temperature for a little while then used RO water to calibrate and it was dead on. didn't even have to adjust. I just got this last week and I am extremely happy. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good refractometer.


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Solid Refractometer

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Posted: 8/10/2013 from Chandler, AZ UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: Easy to use and calibrate. Solid well built device, very accurate.


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Couldn't ask for more

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Posted: 7/1/2013 from MURRIETA, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: When I received the box I calibrated the refractometer in a few minutest and since them I can measure the salinity or the aquarium water as well as replacement water easily and quickly. THe higher resolution makes it very easy to read and the adjustable eye piece is excellent. It needs some good lighting but nothing out of the ordinary.


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I have 1 issue

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Posted: 6/3/2013 from WATERBURY, CT UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: I wish I had bought one years ago so much more accurate than the floating method of measuring specific gravity. Every one should consider this a must as part of their water testing.


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Marine Depot Aquarium Pro Refr

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Reviewers Rating Great


Posted: 5/5/2013 from SANDY, UT UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: This product does everything it should. It comes calibrated out of the box and instructions on how to calibrate it if you need to. Far as I can tell it is very acurate and does a lot better job than my cheapy hydrometer... I would definatly reccomend this product but it may be difficult to use if you don't allready have some experience with refractometers.


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Works Great!

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Posted: 4/13/2013 from HIALEAH, FL UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate


Comments: Great product and value for its price. Buy with confidence!


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Buy the cheaper one

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Posted: 3/15/2013 from Hillsborough, NC UNITED STATES
1.5 5
Experience Level: Expert


Comments: The scale on this is not any bigger than the less expensive one. It requires very intense light to see the scale.


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Got to have one!

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Posted: 8/4/2012 from LEVITTOWN, PA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner


Comments: Having the scale close to where you need the water to be is very nice and makes it very easy to read.But for setting up water still good to have a Hydrometer to get u in the ballpark because of the closer scale. This is my first saltwater tank, was using a Hydrometer to set up my water and wow it was off.( did not know any better :/)it was at 1.018.I was lucky things where living. Got the water set and wow everything started to grow like crazy! Worth the buy, great little piece, nice case, easy to use. Never go by Hydrometer to set your water, Refractometer is the only way to go!


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