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Received my Refractometer today. Checked reading with distilled water and read 0....Good.;) Put a few drops of the tank water and it read 1.24 so I got out 2 of my SG swing arm units. The Coralife read between 1.20-1.21 the Sea Test Unit read 1.21 and like I stated, the refractometer read 1.24. I know the Refractometer is suppose to be better, but odd that the SG swing arms were that close together, while the Refractometer was .03-.04 higher. Hmmmmm... Should I adjust SG to refractormeter readings? I purchased the unit from Dr's Foster & Smith. Pic of unit below.
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The refractometer is correct especially if it automatically corrects for temperature- remember the swing arms are calibrated for a specific temperature
 

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I dont think mine automatically corrects for temperature. When using a Refractometer, you just make sure that the water and unit is at room temp. correct?
 

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Actually, it does calibrate for temperature, I know because I have the same one. Your instructions will let you know how to calibrate and all you have to do after that is add water and read.
 

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My swing arm hydrometer began to read low after a while. The reason I know that is I purchased the same refractometer that you have, and my SG read about 1.030. I tested it against a new hydrometer and they were about the same...1.030.

The 6 month hydrometer read 1.026.

I don't use hydrometers much anymore. To be fair, though...I prolly didn't clean my hydormeter as thoroughly as I should have.
 
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