Using/cleaning refractometer

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  1. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

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    How do you clean your refractometer?

    My usual procedure to clean up before putting away is to wipe the SW off both the cover and prism. Then with a paper towel, dip some RO/DI water and wipe the cover and prism off. Lastly, one more wipe with dry towel. What else should I be doing/not doing?

    Also, if you are testing several tanks, do you clean between tests? At this point I just wipe off the cover and prism but don't clean it with RO/DI.
     
  2. xulio

    xulio Supporting Member

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    I follow the same procedure other than I use paper towels to clean acrylic that I got from Tap Plastics.

    I clean in between every single test.
     
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    I use the bottom of my shirt to clean off any water and put it back in the case :D
     
  4. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

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    Gotta love the honesty! Yes my t-shirt plays a part in tank maintenance, too!! :)
     
  5. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

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    Same here! :p
     
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Dead-on!
     
  7. HiFidelity

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    my "oh-sh#%" water spill accident kit comprises of a few old T-Shirts that stay somewhere near the tank, they have served me & my hardwood floor many times
     
  8. lattehiatus

    lattehiatus BOD

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    Using a regular non-digital refractometer and if there is no significant concern with cross-contamination, I would typically rinse the cover and prism with the water to be tested. In my head, this is consistent with rinsing a test tube with the water to be tested.
     
  9. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

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    Other than using the t-shirt method mentioned above I always make sure to rinse it with RODI before putting it away.
     

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