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    Hanna Working on Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium and Nitrate Checkers

    Is the day we can quickly and accurately measure the big 5 (Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Phosphate, Nitrate) quickly approaching?  We’ve heard rumors brewing, and now Hanna President Martino Nardo has confirmed–Hanna Instruments is working on Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium Checker colorimeter models. These will join the current popular Hanna Checker Phosphate colorimeters, including their new […]

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    Is the day we can quickly and accurately measure the big 5 (Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Phosphate, Nitrate) quickly approaching?  We’ve heard rumors brewing, and now Hanna President Martino Nardo has confirmed–Hanna Instruments is working on Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium Checker colorimeter models. These will join the current popular Hanna Checker Phosphate colorimeters, including their new HI736 ULR model.

    Just as exciting as these new Checkers, is their corresponding release date–they expect to be available this July. Oh and get this, Amonia, Magnesium and Salinity are also being worked on. No word on precision or resolution at this time.

    See Martino’s comments from RC below:

    We have received questions and helpful feedback on some additional parameters for aquarium testing. I thought this would be a great opportunity to update you on our future developments.

    We are currently in the final stages of completing an expansion of the Hanna Checker family of products that will measure:

    • Alkalinity
    • Calcium
    • Nitrate

    The goal is to have these solutions available by July. We are also looking at a secondary phase after the completion of these three parameters.

    ….

    [In response to questions on future models]

    Ammonia: we may have a unit available to you by June/July.

    Magnesium and Salinity are more of a challenge, but we are working on them. At this stage, I cannot promise a date.

    Are a full range of accurate and affordable colorimeters going to be here in 2010? It sure sounds like it and I for one am extremely excited at the prospect of owning an accurate Calcium, Alkalinity and Nitrate Colorimeter.

    11 Comments

    1. anthonyn
      June 8, 2010 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

      Ammonia is a bit of a lame duck, once your past cycle.

    2. June 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

      Great news. I'm still on the fence about getting the PO4 checker – bt having digitally accurate results is going to be far more reliable than trying match colours etc.

    3. keith
      June 8, 2010 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

      i am really excited about this. I will be getting one ASAP when they are out.

    4. Nicholas Sadaka
      June 8, 2010 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

      Does anyone have any feedback on the phosphate checker? I'm tempted to get one, but the reviews I've read have been sort of spotty so I was waiting to hear more from a trustworthy source. Have you tried it yet, Eric…or anyone else here?

    5. Nauticac4
      June 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

      I would be thrilled if this happens at the $40 price point of the PO4 Checker. I'd but the whole set if I never had to read color charts again.

    6. Austin
      June 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

      Fan-freakin'-tastic!

      This will be awesome if they come to fruition (and are within reason regarding accuracy).

      I would definitely use an Ammonia and would love to see Copper strictly for QT purposes.

    7. Ben
      June 8, 2010 at 7:14 PM | Permalink

      As I mentioned in the thread in question, one that I'd personally really like to see is one for accurately checking Potassium. It'd make sense realistically – the testkits for the purpose suck, and I'm sure with the current wave of people jumping on the KCl dosing wagon it'd slot into the lineup well.

      Definitely getting this lot (Ca, Alk, NO3), the accuracy improvement over test kits is a massive breath of fresh air.

    8. June 9, 2010 at 8:57 PM | Permalink

      Wow. Here I thought that the other guys actually broke the story. It is very amateurish how they do not give credit to the source until their post has concluded. But who needs professionalism in blogs, right?

      Nevertheless, great story for all of us in the hobby. I am definitely going to get my hands on a few of these to test! Thanks Eric!

    9. June 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

      Wow. Here I thought that the other guys actually broke the story. It is very amateurish how they do not give credit to the source until their post has concluded. But who needs professionalism in blogs, right?

      Nevertheless, great story for all of us in the hobby. I am definitely going to get my hands on a few of these to test! Thanks Eric!

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