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post #1 of 7 Old 01-07-2010, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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hang in tank ammonia meters

Has anyone had any experiance with the test kits that hang up inside the aquarium and stay there for sevral months constantly showing the levels?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-08-2010, 07:42 AM
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I've never used these, but had inquired with other fishkeepers and their overwhelming response is that they are not accurate (so not useful).

Also, once your tank is cycled, unless something odd happens, you should never have an ammonia reading (figuring you know this but maybe it would help someone else reading).

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-08-2010, 10:21 AM
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Not only are they inaccurate long term they are also more expensive in the long run than a liquid test kit. Why clutter your tank up with a monitor you don't really need to consult more than once a week or two after you finish cycling?

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-09-2010, 01:54 AM
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I use seachem ammonia alerts in most of my tanks. I find them very accurate and very sensitive. I used to double check when I first started using them, but not anymore. They've never let me down.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-09-2010, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jaysee, glad to be able to talk with some one that actually has one (or more). I bought the seachem too. Does it really last a yr? I'm glad it measures "free ammonia' so if you treat the tank with ammo lock or something like that it will not read the ammonium but only the ammonia, from what I understand. Have you seen this to be that case? I think it a pretty cool idea.

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I use seachem ammonia alerts in most of my tanks. I find them very accurate and very sensitive. I used to double check when I first started using them, but not anymore. They've never let me down.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-10-2010, 11:29 AM
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I had an ammonia tester hanging on my 110 gal freshwater. It constantly showed safe levels. In adddition I tested suing the api ammo vial which was more reliable. I think by the time the hanging tester shows unsafe levels the fish are already effected, I threw out the hanging tester and just use the api, hope this was helpfull..............
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-10-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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What brand of tester did you have? Did it show the same amount of ammonia as the test kit showed? Also, did you add anything to the water like ammo lock during or before the testing process?

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I had an ammonia tester hanging on my 110 gal freshwater. It constantly showed safe levels. In adddition I tested suing the api ammo vial which was more reliable. I think by the time the hanging tester shows unsafe levels the fish are already effected, I threw out the hanging tester and just use the api, hope this was helpfull..............
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