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Seachem Alert Series Ammonia Reading for Marine & Freshwater Aquariums

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Seachem Alert Series Ammonia Reading for Marine & Freshwater Aquariums is an innovative device for continuously detecting and monitoring toxic-free ammonia. The sensor changes from yellow to green and blue relative to the ammonia concentration, for easy color-coded readings. No test kits, chemicals or procedures are needed. It detects less than 0.05 mg/L (ppm) free ammonia and alerts you before any sign of stress. It lasts up to 1 year and is effective in both marine and freshwater environments.

Key Benefits
  • An innovative color device for continuously detecting and monitoring toxic free ammonia. A sensor changes reversibly from yellow to green to blue, relative to the ammonia concentration.
  • No test kits, chemicals, or procedures are needed. The device detects less than 0.05 mg/L (ppm) free ammonia and alerts you to the #1 killer before any sign of stress. Long lasting, lasts over a year.
  • Effective in both marine and freshwater environments.
  • Small design that is unobtrusive in the aquarium.
  • The presence of the free ammonia is detectable continuously with a response time of about 15 minutes.

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  • Item Number
    103660
  • Brand

    Seachem

  • Aquarium Type

    Freshwater, Saltwater

  • Made in

    United States

Instructions

No care is required beyond removing algae with a clean, soft material. Avoid touching the sensor with fingers, since skin oils can damage it. Do not use bleach, soap, detergents or hard objects to clean the sensor. Some dye medications may discolor the sensor. Sensitivity improves with age, provided the unit is not allowed to dry out, however, drying does not permanently impair the unit. For maximum sensitivity, the unit should be read under natural daylight or daylight simulating light. Red enhancing light minimizes green and blue hues, decreasing the apparent sensitivity of the unit. The response of the unit may be checked by holding it briefly over the mouth of an ammonia bottle: color should develop rapidly.

FAQ

How long will an Ammonia Alert work?

The Ammonia Alert sensor should last about a year before you should need to replace the sensor. To test it gently hold the card over a bottle of ammonia; the sensor should quickly change to a dark blue. It may take about an hour for it to return to its original color.

I have another test kit that showed positive for ammonia but the Ammonia Alert never changed color. Is it still good?

Most likely the other test kit was testing for total ammonia. Total ammonia includes both free (NH3) and ionic (NH4+) ammonia. The Ammonia Alert only measure free ammonia because that is the harmful form. Ionic ammonia cannot harm your fish. However, as pH rises, a greater and greater percentage of the total ammonia will be converted from ionic ammonia to free ammonia, so knowledge of total ammonia is also important.

Does Ammonia Alert properly detect toxic ammonia in the presence of Prime?

If the Prime has not complexed with the ammonia yet it will detect it, but it won't detect it if the Prime has already complexed it (which makes sense because when Prime has complexed with the ammonia it is no longer toxic). If you want to know the total ammonia level (free, ionized and complexed) you would need to run a Total Ammonia Test (like with our MultiTest Ammonia.

I bought a Ammonia alert from Pet store but it doesn't not work at all after following all the instruction -How can I get my money refund back as it is not working at all and the COLOR NEVER CHANGES?

The technology of this device is very unique to our company and has been an excellent seller for many years to hobbyists, breeders, and public facilities alike. The Ammonia Alert is designed to change color in the presence of free (gaseous) ammonia, not ammonium (ionized ammonia) which is harmless to fish and other aquatic life. The longer it is left in a particular body of water/aquarium, the more sensitive it becomes to that water. Most conventional test kits test total ammonia which is a combination of free ammonia + ammonium = total ammonia. PH is the determining factor on what type is present. If your pH is acidic (below 7.0), it is chemically impossible for ammonia (harmful gas) to exist. Yet a total ammonia test kit will register a reading because it detects both the free ammonia (harmful gas) and ammonium (harmless ionized form of ammonia). The more basic your pH becomes, the greater the chance of ammonia existing. Example: If you have 1.0 ppm of total ammonia and your pH is below 7.0, then 1.0 ppm will exist as ammonium. Ex. If you have 1.0 ppm of total ammonia and your pH is 7.6 (slightly basic), then of that 1.0 ppm total ammonia......only .2 or so would exist as a gas and the other .8 would exist as ammonium.There is one simple way to tell if our Ammonia Alert is functioning properly, simply hold the sensor over an open bottle of something containing ammonia (Windex glass cleaner will work) as it will detect the fumes/gas and change color. Please be sure not to touch the sensor in the middle of the plastic card as the oils from your skin may clog the pores on the sensor.

Does the ammonia alert monitor work accurately if you are using Ammo Lock?

Yes it does work accurately, however as a product like Ammo Lock is removing the ammonia the transition back to yellow will take some time, so don't be concerned if you don't see an immediate shift back to yellow. The Ammonia Alert is always faster to respond to increasing ammonia levels than to decreasing.

I just bought an ammonia alert and it has been at a grey setting for days. What does that mean?

The greyish color indicates the "Alarm" state of ammonia. Was it grey or yellow when you took it out of the package and placed it in the tank? If it was yellow when you put it in and is now "grey" then that means you have a high level of ammonia and should do a water change very soon or treat with our AmGuard if a water change is not feasible within 24 hours.

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  • Visual cue for the lax or those in need of constant reassurance

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    I was skeptical about this since it's one of those "to good to be true" items, but it really works. It'll change to greyish yellow within 15 minutes if ammonia levels rise, which most recently happened yesterday when the fish I suspected of dying actually did kick the bucket. I have a lot of plants so I'd have never found him without knowing I needed to look. Ammonia is the most immediately toxic chemical to build up in your tank, and can kill fish within a day. Any tank that's been running for a few weeks will have bacteria to eat the ammonia and make nitrites, as well as bacteria to eat the nitrites and make nitrates. It's a pretty tidy cycle, but once there's an ammonia spike, nitrites I was skeptical about this since it's one of those "to good to be true" items, but it really works. It'll change to greyish yellow within 15 minutes if ammonia levels rise, which most recently happened yesterday when the fish I suspected of dying actually did kick the bucket. I have a lot of plants so I'd have never found him without knowing I needed to look. Ammonia is the most immediately toxic chemical to build up in your tank, and can kill fish within a day. Any tank that's been running for a few weeks will have bacteria to eat the ammonia and make nitrites, as well as bacteria to eat the nitrites and make nitrates. It's a pretty tidy cycle, but once there's an ammonia spike, nitrites and nitrates tend to stay elevated till the bacteria can catch up. Nitrite and nitrate are less toxic but can still be killers, and at least feed a certain green/brown menace that you don't want growing on every surface. Keeping tabs on ammonia is also especially important for smaller tanks where things can get toxic within a matter of a few short hours. To talk of its accuracy, every time the meter has alerted ammonia and I double-checked with a freshwater testing kit, it was correct. I still test for ammonia when the meter says it's "safe," and it has come back with a next to nothing ammonia level only once out of dozens of tests. This meter, as far as I have seen, only alerts for the toxic form of ammonia. Once ammonia is within safe ranges (yes, safe on this meter does not necessarily mean 0) it takes about 3 hours to reach the "safe" color again. Only once did this meter alert ammonia when the testing kit indicated none - and I'm pretty sure that's because my big danio peed while passing right under it. I haven't seen the color change so quickly since :P This is worth the money. If you're doing everything right, you'll have some peace of mind your fish can swim around. … more

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  • Time will tell

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    I don't think this is an item you can give an honest review for in a week. I think time will tell how well it works, but so far, so good. It was easy to install and it decently made. We are using it in an axolotl tank. So far we like it, but haven't had it long enough to know how well it works, or if it will hold up.

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  • So far so good

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    I have had this for 2 weeks. So far the levels have maintained "safe* and my goldfishes behavior seems to say this is correct. So far, so good!

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  • Don't see where it working.

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    I had item in tank for seven days. It's not working. Still read same color on gage when I put it in the tank.

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  • Absolutely useless !!!!

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    This item Never changes color showing ammonia in the water even though my home test strips and the professional test at the pet store showed moderate to high levels. WASTE OF MONEY!!!

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  • Love this!

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    I ended up buying the 2 pack that comes with a ph reader later on and now i'm about to purchase another one because the ph reader doesn't come separately like this one does. I'm pretty happy with these readers. They make quick checks easy and alert me to when I need to use the liquid tests.

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  • Easy to read

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    So far so good. My ammonia level is good. The gage is easy to see and read.

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  • Quick and easy

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    Very fast delivery and the product works great. Will definitely keep shopping here

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  • Peace of mind

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    From a great little piece of equipment. I don't usually test for ammonia and I worry that I could miss a spike. With this product I don't have that worry.

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  • Don't waste your money

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    This product did not work from day one. I would recommend investing money in the test strips instead.

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