Water testing


Junior Poster
Feb 17, 2009
I have access through work to a few people that are experts in liquids analysis, specifically for AutoClaves. I brief, I asked them for a water analysis and they mentioned bring me in >20ml of water and tell me what you want to measure.

My question is: Should I have them focus on a few parameters or a general water chemistry analysis of my tank water? Also, what affect will keeping the water in a plastic bottle and it being tested 4-8 hours after being removed from the tank have on the water analysis? Is there a better transportation method?

I am using the Excel EI method. I know with EI, testing isn't necessary, but I feel with such an excellent testing opportunity I should take advantage of it.


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Lifetime Member
Jan 15, 2009
If you want to do any testing of dissolved gases, Tom has suggested freezing the water sample. Otherwise the only suggestion I have is to put some fresh water in your container for a while and then taste it. If it tastes like plastic you should look for a different container...