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Old 05-25-2011, 12:22 AM   #21
 
I think its more of a "peace of mind" thing to have.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:23 AM   #22
 
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That too.
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:00 AM   #23
 
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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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Old 05-25-2011, 12:00 PM   #24
 
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I think its more of a "peace of mind" thing to have.
But the time lag is insufficient to be of any help.... by the time it registers a stick your fish will be showing signs hours before. So IMO it doesn't do anything. A ammonia test takes 5 minuets and fish will be showing signs within minuets of an ammonia spike. That dot never changed for me in the advertized 15 minuets it was suppose to. IMO it more of a risk then anything, more likely to give you a false negative in the event of an ammonia spike. Someone also mentioned how it only detected NH3 and not NH4+. NH4+ is less-toxic but NOT non-toxic and either should never be present in a balanced mature tank. If you use something like Prime with the Ammonia alert its not likely that you will ever see it change color even during a long ammonia spike because Prime coverts NH3 to NH4+. So your back to relying entirely on test kits. The only thing the ammonia alert will tell you is a true or false negative, its up to you to decide with it is. For the $8 it costs I would of rather bought some buckets....
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:26 PM   #25
 
Peace of mind doesnt have to do with actual efficiency, regardless of if it works or not it just makes you feel better. Like I have seen people ask ridiculous questions about planes to flight attendants because they're nervous and the answers calm then down, but in the air, regardless of what they know, if the plane is falling theres nothing you can do about it...
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:49 PM   #26
 
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Not all of the alerts are as quick to register, but some are. They usually are slower to go back to 0ppm than they are to register a spike.

For me its a good product that I have found useful for me in the past. Would I buy it again? I sure would. Why? Because it works for what I want it for.

Everyone has their opinions on the pros and cons of a product and different reasons they would or wouldnt use it. This is a product review, meaning how the product performs, its uses, its drawbacks... if you dont use it because of whatever reason, thats fine, but I still feel others are entitled to not feel like an ignorant or bad fish keeper by not having the time or experience to sit and watch their fish for signs of an ammonia spike. I know I personally dont always sit and watch my fish on a regular basis like I wish I could. I manage to feed them twice a day and turn their lights on and off every day and thats about it for daily stuff. So, I like the idea that while I am watching my 14 month old nephew I know that if I glance across the room at my ammonia alert I can feel better knowing that things are okay in the tank for the time being... has it ever had to register ammonia on my 29g that it is usually in? No, it hasnt. Its an established tank and I do keep up with my routine water changes and other upkeeps, so there isnt a reason I should have an ammonia spike, but as others have pointed out, I like knowing its there just in case, and I dont feel like I am wasting my money.
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:24 PM   #27
 
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Peace of mind doesnt have to do with actual efficiency, regardless of if it works or not it just makes you feel better. Like I have seen people ask ridiculous questions about planes to flight attendants because they're nervous and the answers calm then down, but in the air, regardless of what they know, if the plane is falling theres nothing you can do about it...
Yes but what I was trying to get at is that 'peace of mind' can dig you down into a hole where things end up worse because of it...

I'm an extremely laid-back mellow individual, its rare for me to get nervous or worry about things. I don't do any testing or monitoring of any of my tanks on even a semi-regular basis. I have not done an ammonia test this year yet. Usually just compare levels between tanks a few times a year. Even my filterless 'el natural' tank is not monitored for anything regularly. If something was off the fish would show it right away. If you find it helpful then thats all that matters I guess. Just be aware all it may give you is a false sense of security.

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Old 05-26-2011, 08:54 AM   #28
 
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I just want to thank you everyone for giving your valid opiinions of this item. I don't know if I will buy one, I certainly wish to see what it looks like.
Lots of pro's and con's, and I see that there are many types of fish keepers with very different habits.
I think it would make more sense if it had an alarm like the one on the sump pump when the water level gets too high. A screamer! So if I do a water change in the morning and go off to do stuff around the house...or office, often I don't get back to the living room/tank until after dinner.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:09 AM   #29
 
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that would be a good invention!
Or, even better, it sends you a text message.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:01 PM   #30
 
Or how about it just changes your water for you... that would be the greatest ammonia meter ever...
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