The KH Carer is a brand new automatic water testing machine for measuring alkalinity from the team over at Kamoer. There are a lot of alkalinity testers in the aquarium hobby these days but Kamoer isn’t just another new entry into this product space since they are the only company that is specialized at making a wide range of peristaltic dosing products.
We don’t know much about the Kamoer KH Carer but we know enough about Kamoer’s track record to have the highest expectations of any alkalinity tester yet released for the aquarium hobby. The small form factor of the KH Carer leads us to believe that it won’t use automated titration and a colorimeter to measure alkalinity but will probably instead rely on the more reliable and precise pH-neutralizing method using a pH probe.
This method of measuring alkalinity has fewer moving parts and therefore will have less potential points of failure in the KH Carer, but we’ll need to wait for more announcements to confirm this assumption. What we won’t need to confirm is that Kamoer makes some of the best and most reliable peristaltic dosing heads and the motors to power them, being so trusted as to show up in the dosing pumps of competitors.
We also don’t have to speculate about Kamoer’s smartphone app since many reefers already have plenty of experience using it for a wide range of applications, so it won’t be too much of a surprise when the KH Carer is integrated into it. Lastly, the KH Carer won’t automatically adjust alkalinity through dosing of buffer since Kamoer will have the ability to designate any number of their smart, wireless dosing pumps to perform this dosing function.
We’ve tested several different automatic KH testing machines but have been trepidatious about really trusting them to manage the alkalinity of the reef tank. But Kamoer is a brand that takes their specialization in aquarium dosing very seriously and we’ll happily give the Kamoer KH Carer a fair trial on one of our reef tanks just as soon as we learn how much it will cost, what reagent is required, and when it will become available.