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Old 02/09/2018, 03:07 AM   #1
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Permanent pH monitoring

Is there a cost effective way of permanently monitoring pH, perhaps with an app to look at trends etc without having to spent 800 on a aquarium controller?

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Old 02/09/2018, 05:14 AM   #2
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Sure..
However.. are you doing it for a calcium reactor?
If not the faster that you realize that PH monitoring is a waste of time/effort the better off you are..
I'd focus on alkalinity over PH..

Too many try to adjust/maintain a set ph level and just fail.. Let it be what its going to be..


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Old 02/09/2018, 07:18 AM   #3
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You could check out the Seneye Reef. It monitors pH (although I agree not that important), temp, and ammonia. I love the ammonia monitoring, even though not something we test for regularly in an established system -- if something goes wrong (maybe something dies) and ammonia starts to rise I'll get a warning. That could very well help avoid a crash someday. Gives me peace of mind, especially when out of town. In addition, it has a built in PAR meter which BulkReefSupply tested and reviewed very favorably. Cost is about $200 US, about 400 with WiFi web server.


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Old 02/09/2018, 07:41 AM   #4
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You could check out the Seneye Reef. It monitors pH (although I agree not that important), temp, and ammonia. I love the ammonia monitoring, even though not something we test for regularly in an established system -- if something goes wrong (maybe something dies) and ammonia starts to rise I'll get a warning. That could very well help avoid a crash someday. Gives me peace of mind, especially when out of town. In addition, it has a built in PAR meter which BulkReefSupply tested and reviewed very favorably. Cost is about $200 US, about 400 with WiFi web server.
I think I'm getting caught up in thinking that I need to permanently monitor my pH, probably no reason to. I have looked at the seneye, does it alert you via email etc to high temps, low water?

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Old 02/09/2018, 07:44 AM   #5
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I think I'm getting caught up in thinking that I need to permanently monitor my pH, probably no reason to. I have looked at the seneye, does it alert you via email etc to high temps, low water?

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I'll be running my cheato reactor on reverse lighting so that should hopefully balance out/reduce the pH swing at night.

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Old 02/09/2018, 08:08 AM   #6
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I think I'm getting caught up in thinking that I need to permanently monitor my pH, probably no reason to. I have looked at the seneye, does it alert you via email etc to high temps, low water?

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Yes, alert via email/text if pH, temp, or ammonia go out of range. Also alerts if sensor is out of water. Personally, I care more about the temp and ammonia, but it is nice to see the graph of pH over time. In addition, it's a great light meter even if I didn't use it for anything else!


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Old 02/09/2018, 12:02 PM   #7
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I think it would be continuous or real-time pH monitoring. Permanent pH monitoring sounds like an indestructible pH probe.


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