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post #11 of 34 Old 01-04-2011, 04:57 AM
It could be that yours was simply not working.
I suggest you try holding the indicator above a bottle of ammonia, it should turn purple right away.

You do have to keep in mind that liquid tests show sum of NH3 + NH4 and the AmmoniaAlert only shows NH3, which is the toxic one. Nevertheless, when I was cycling with AmmoniaAlert and liquid tests the indicator was green on 0,5 ammonia test.
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post #12 of 34 Old 01-08-2011, 09:44 AM
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That is a very good point. I use Prime in the tanks, and Prime only gets rid of the harmful ammonia, and my test shows both.

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post #13 of 34 Old 05-22-2011, 10:20 PM
I use the AmmoniaAlert by Seachem in my tanks. For me it works great!! Been using it for about 5-6 months now and it still accuratly reports and it also quickly registers for me after the ammonia has been changed to nitrite/nitrate as 0ppm.

I find it to be a great product. I also have the pH one, not thrilled with it. Stopped registering after like 2 weeks. The pH one is suppose to last 6 months, and the ammonia one is suppose to last 12 months. I would invest in the ammonia one again when time comes as it has been very beneficial for me in many different circumstances.

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post #14 of 34 Old 05-23-2011, 08:05 AM
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Good Thread!! Thank you! I did not know this type of item existed. I think there is a great application to use such an item !! Since there is a constant danger of our Municipallities dumping chlorine in the spring/summer to combat things in the city water system. After thinking you are doing the right thing by doing a water change and you have quick death shortly after!! You would be alerted and can use extra dechlor. I'm going to go get me one!!!!!!

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post #15 of 34 Old 05-23-2011, 07:26 PM
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Good Thread!! Thank you! I did not know this type of item existed. I think there is a great application to use such an item !! Since there is a constant danger of our Municipallities dumping chlorine in the spring/summer to combat things in the city water system. After thinking you are doing the right thing by doing a water change and you have quick death shortly after!! You would be alerted and can use extra dechlor. I'm going to go get me one!!!!!!
A solo pack of just the ammonia reader is like $6 USD at Petsmart, or you can buy the duel pack of the ammonia and pH alert for $12 USD at Petsmart.

Good Luck, and I hope you can reep the benefits of it!!!

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Actually lets hope I never have to use it!!! LOL

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post #17 of 34 Old 05-24-2011, 11:01 AM
my snails started to eat that dot in the middle that shows colors, just fyi for all, its apparently edible.
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post #18 of 34 Old 05-24-2011, 03:04 PM
I've had one before and the behavior of the fish will alert you about ammonia long before the dot changes color. There is also the reason of why do you need it? Unless your majorly messing with a tank a mature balance tank should never have an ammonia problem....

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post #19 of 34 Old 05-24-2011, 03:10 PM
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I agree... I don't think I would use it. I'd be afraid of trusting it..

Fish gasping at the surface, glance at the ammonia reader.. Green... Can't be the ammonia, so its the last thing I would test.

I don't really see the point of it either, because of what Mikaila said. Ammonia should never be an issue, unless your tank is seriously overstocked or you mess up your filter bacteria..

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post #20 of 34 Old 05-24-2011, 11:07 PM
For me it is something I used a lot when I re-aquascaped and changed substrate, and had the fish in a small temp set up with the plants and wanted a quick way to keep tabs for the needs of a water change while I was busy dealing with their tank.

I also used it when I set up my 15g for the first time...even though it was highly seeded and fully planted, I wanted to make sure it was enough. Twice in the first couple of days the ammonia did spike to .02 ppm but quickly went down in like 15mins. It worked great for what I need it for.

It also is great to have on a tank to keep check after you add a few additional fish to an established tank, as it never hurts to be safe since I already have the alert I might as well feel like I have a reason to get my money's worth out of it.

I currently have it in my 29g tank as at the moment I dont have anything I need it for, but its there just in case and if I ever re-aquascape or change substrates in the next few months...which I have NO plans on doing!! LOL

Its a good product if you have the need for it. But no, on an established tank that is not having stock added then there isnt a total for it, unless you want it, or like jakiebabie is concerned about additives in her city water that could cause ammonia, or those who have ammonia out of the tap who just want to be extra safe.

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