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post #1 of 5 Old 11-14-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Do these things even work?

http://www.amazon.com/Seachem-10-Ammonia-Alert/dp/B000255R5G/ref=sr_1_35?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1352869105&sr=1-35

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-14-2012, 12:18 AM
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I have wondered the same thing. I have read a lot of posts that people are using them. I would rather test myself & know it's working.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-14-2012, 03:56 PM
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I think the question would be how accurate are they? Ammonia is such danger to fish that I'd rather get out the ol' test tube kit and do it myself.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 01:35 PM
Main question is why do you need it? There is really no reason to test an established tank.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 08:39 PM
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They work, but by the time you are in the danger zone, the fish may have died! I used one when monitoring a tank having cycling problems just to give me a visual clue regarding the tank's status. It was faster to leave it in the tank and visually check it multiple times/day than it was to run the API liquid test for ammonia multiple times per day. NOT super-precise, but a good trend indicator.

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