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Old 12-29-2015, 04:44 AM   #1
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Seachem Ammonia Alert vs API test kit

My ammonia drops have ran out in my API liquid test kit. I've been considering buying Seachem's Ammonia Alert (Seachem Ammonia Alert: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies) as obviously it's easier to just glance at a meter than test the water over and over. Has anyone used it? Has anyone compared it to API readings? Is it accurate?


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It may be off by 2ppm or more, which is too much for me to consider spending money on. Ten dollars for that vs seven for the more accurate API ammonia kit. Doesn't make sense to spend more money for less accurate results.
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Seachem Ammonia Alert vs API test kit

Ammonia alerts measure toxic free ammonia rather than TAN. They are a good visual for tanks that are expecting ammonia spikes and should be used in conjunction with the API test kit in my opinion.

When I did my fish in cycle I used one of these. I tested for ammonia every now and then. Ammonia alert stayed in the safe zone and API never went above 0.25. I have nothing bad to say about the ammonia alert other than be aware that they are not measuring total ammonia. This may be one of the reasons people report such large discrepancies if they do not understand how it differs.

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Ammonia alerts measure toxic free ammonia rather than TAN. They are a good visual for tanks that are expecting ammonia spikes and should be used in conjunction with the API test kit in my opinion.

When I did my fish in cycle I used one of these. I tested for ammonia every now and then. Ammonia alert stayed in the safe zone and API never went above 0.25. I have nothing bad to say about the ammonia alert other than be aware that they are not measuring total ammonia. This may be one of the reasons people report such large discrepancies if they do not understand how it differs.

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