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Hanna Instruments Checker Marine Calcium Colorimeter

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The Hanna Marine Calcium Checker® bridges the gap between simple chemical test kits and professional instrumentation. Chemical test kits have limited accuracy and resolution since they rely upon the human eye to discern differences in color. Professional instrumentation incorporates a light source such as an LED or tungsten lamp with a filter and a light sensing detector to precisely determine absorbance and ion concentration. Professional instrumentation offers greater resolution and accuracy but can cost hundreds of dollars. The Hanna Marine Calcium Checker® uses a fixed wavelength LED and silicon photo detector to provide the accuracy of professional instrumentation at the affordable price of a chemical test kit.

The HI758 Checker® HC (Handheld Colorimeter) provides a simple, accurate and cost-effective way to measure calcium. Required for the development of calcium carbonate skeletons of coral reefs, calcium is a crucial component of marine waters. Designed as a more accurate alternative to chemical test kits, the HI758 provides quick, accurate results in a few easy steps.

Weighing a mere 64 g (2.25 oz.), the Checker HC easily fits into the palm of your hand or pocket!.
  • Ideal for Aquaculture and Aquarium testing!
  • Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits!.
  • Large, easy to read digits.
  • Auto shut off.
  • Operated by a single AAA battery
  • Use for quick and accurate on the spot analysis.
  • Single button operation: zero and measure.
Specifications:
  • Range: 200 to 600 ppm
  • Resolution: 1 ppm
  • Accuracy: +/- 6% of Reading
  • Battery Type: 1 - 1.5V AAA
Includes
  • Calcium Checker
  • 2 - Sample Cuvettes and Caps
  • Reagent Start Kit for 25 Tests
  • Battery
  • Instruction Manual


How it works:

The Hanna Marine Calcium Checker® HC HI758 is designed to make testing quick and easy.


  • Press the button to power the meter on. Notice “Add C1” appears on the screen. You are now ready to begin testing.
  • Using the 1mL syringe, add 1mL of reagent A to the cuvette. Then, using the dropper, fill the cuvette to the 10mL mark with deionized water. Distilled water is also acceptable. Once the reagent and water are added, invert the cuvette five times to mix.
  • Using a microfiber cloth, wipe the cuvette to remove any oils or fingerprints from the glass. Then, place the cuvette into the checker and close the lid, making sure it is completely closed. It is important to make sure that the lid is completely closed for an accurate reading.
  • Press the button. Once the screen shows "Add C2", remove the cuvette from the meter.
  • Add 0.1mL of sample. For best accuracy, use the supplied 0.1mL pipette. Note: To use the Hanna Instruments Micropipette, first attach the pipette tip. Push the button to the first "stop", and then immerse the tip into the sample. Slowly release the button to its original position. Then, wait two seconds to catch any drops before dispensing the sample into the cuvette to the second "stop".
  • Once the sample is added, add one packet of reagent B to the sample. After that, cap the cuvette and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Wait 15 seconds for bubbles to dissipate.
  • Wipe the cuvette of any oils and fingerprints, and place back into the meter. Press the button; The meter will directly display the concentration of calcium in ppm.


  • The Benefit of Testing for Calcium

    Calcium is an essential ingredient to a healthy and functional reef aquarium. Corals and coraline algae require calcium for calcification and growth, so much so that an aquarium stocked with these organisms require regular calcium supplements in order to maintain healthy levels. A variety of commerically available supplements exist, from calcium salts to buffered calcium supplements, which raise both calcium and alkalinity. Many aquarists set up a regular supplementation schedule to maintain proper calcium levels. However, regular calcium monitoring is crucial to a healthy reef aquarium, even if such a system is in place. This is because as corals and coraline algae grow and mature, their requirements for calcium tend to increase. As a result, the growth of the aquarium might outpace the calcium supplementation regimen. The ideal range for calcium in a healthy reef aquarium is between 380-450ppm. Values below 380ppm may slow the growth of corals, whereas high levles of calcium (>500ppm) puts the tank at risk for calcium carbonate precipitation (limestone formation).

    The Limits of Traditional Color-Change Test Kits

    Many test kits on the market rely on a color change that needs to be judged by eye. These are notoriously difficult to use, especially in the lower ranges. The Hanna Marine Calcium Checker® HI758 bridges the gap between simple chemical test kits and professional instrumentation. The one-button design makes testing for calcium a cinch to use.








    Product Manuals & Documentation

    Hanna Instruments Checker Marine Calcium Colorimeter

    Owner's Manual available for download in Adobe PDF file format

    Manufacturer Info

    Hanna Instruments USA Aquarium Supplies
    Hanna Instruments is a leading manufacturer of analytical aquarium instrumentation. They were founded in 1978 and are headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. When Hanna introduced pH Electronic Paper in 1986 it literally revolutionized the world of testing by allowing millions of people in various industries to test for pH in a simple, accurate and affordable way. Hanna employees are constantly challenging themselves to improve on existing technology and to invent new testing techniques with the common goal to simplify analytical testing. This applies not only to instrumentation, but also to sensors development, reagents and chemicals. Hanna also believes in controlling the quality of their products from inception to delivery so they manufacture everything themselves, from meters and electrodes to chemical reagents and buffer solutions.

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    If using a micro-fiber cloth to clean the cuvette is so important, why doesn't Hanna include one in the kit?
    Asked : Oct 24, 2018
    By : skippy
     
     
     
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    Hi Skippy, they recommend using a lint-free cloth to wipe the outside of the cuvettes prior to inserting them into the checker. We use paper towels to dry the cuvette.
    Answered : Oct 29, 2018
    By : Kat
     
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    Does this kit come with the .1ml pipette?
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    The .1ml Pipette is included.
    Answered : Apr 14, 2017
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    so much better

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    easy, accurate, fast
    CONS
    slightly longer process than other hanna kits
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    I'm so glad I finally invested in one of these. Takes all the guess work out of your testing process. Super accurate, super reliable, very easy. Make sure you take your fingerprints off the tubes though! Read all instructions before use
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    Easy to use

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    Easy to read, easy to use
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    Very easy to use. Gives you a straight reading. No guess work or color matching. Just wish they made them for other nutrient tests
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    Only regret not getting one sooner!

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    Easy to use and accurate
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    Few more steps involved
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    A few more steps involved and have to really follow instructions but it’s well worth it to be able to test accurately.
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    Good Product
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    A few more steps to take than the Alk checker but still feel it is accurate and worth those few steps. Better than the process other kits have.
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    No more counting drops! But follow instructions exactly.
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    Digital readout
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    Tiny sample size/dilution magnifies errors; you must use extreme diligence to follow directions exactly.
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    You absolutely must use deionized or distilled water, and clean vessels that have ideally never touched salt. I was getting crazy high readings when calibrating with water from my own DI unit, until I realized it had been made in buckets that have also held salt water in the past. Results were way...Read More
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    Quick and easy to use
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    Quick and accurate
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    a bit more complicated than the alk checker.
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    I won the calcium and alkalinity checkers years ago in a raffle. The older model that I have is not as easy or accurate as the newer style. The updated pipettte makes a word of difference. If you have an older kit I would definitely advise getting the newer pipette. It leads to a bit less user error...Read More
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    Accurate, easy to operate, good storage
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    I recently upgraded to this Hanna checker after using Salifert kits for the past 2 years. I am very happy I did! This product takes the guess work out of reading colors. I feel more confident that my parameters are in check. Highly recommend this product!
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