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post #1 of 4 Old 11-18-2007, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ammonia Monitor

Does anyone use one of these? I purchased one this weekend. And was wondering if anyone liked them.

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2 Black Skirt Tetras 2 inches
5 Red Eyed Tetras 2 inches
1 Bala Shark 3 inches
2 Common Plecos (1) 3 inches (1) 4 Inches
1 Baby Mollies 1/2 inch or smaller
2 Lace Gourami 1 1/2
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1 Opaline Gourami 2 inch
1 Red Tail Black Shark 1 inch
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2 Dalmation Molly's 2 inches
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-18-2007, 06:41 PM
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As far as I know they're very inaccurate. They are as reliable as test strips. Best thing to do to keep ammonia down is to keep up the partial water changes and get a liquid test and test weekly or fortnightly.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-21-2007, 12:29 AM
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Never used one, but I agree it seems the general concensus here is that they are not accurate. Get a liquid test kit, and do a water change if ammonia is noticed. I am a huge fan of BioSpira-ammonia gone overnight with no chemicals... but's that's just me. I only use it if necessary, like when adding new fish or starting a new tank.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-21-2007, 08:54 AM
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They use the same technology as test strips do iirc, this is how they monitor on the fly without any human interference.

I wouldn't rely on it tbh. Just out of curiosity, why do you need it? If your tank is cycled you shouldn't even be seeing any spikes out of the blue . . . unless a fish dies but you'd know about that and counter the inevitable spike anyways.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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