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Seachem Laboratories Ammonia Alert

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Ammonia Alert is 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. It lasts over a year and replacement sensors are available. Marine or freshwater use..

Specifications

In the absence of free ammonia the unit will assume a yellow or faint yellow-green color. It is normal for the dry sensor to have a greenish hue. It may take up to a few days for a dry sensor to equilibrate with the water. No sampling of water, chemicals, or test procedures are required. The presence of the free ammonia is detectable continuously with a response time of about 15 minutes. Response to decreasing ammonia is slower, requiring about 4 hours to go from TOXIC to SAFE on removal of ammonia.

INTERPRETATION: As little as 0.02 mg/L of free ammonia will produce a greenish hue on the detector surface. This corresponds to a total ammonia (both ionized and free ammonia) of 0.25 mg/L in marine water at pH 8.3. In freshwater at pH 7.0, this corresponds to 3.6 mg/L total ammonia. Free ammonia is much more toxic than ionized ammonia. As free ammonia, the ALERT color corresponds to about 0.05 mg/L, ALARM to about 0.2 mg/L, and TOXIC to about 0.5 mg/L. The ALERT concentration is tolerated for several days, ALARM for a few days, and TOXIC is rapidly harmful. This product is not recommended for use at acid pH


Manufacturer Info

Seachem
Seachem Laboratories, Inc. was established in 1980 by Dr. Leo G. Morin. Seachem moved into a state of the art 110,000 square foot facility in Madison, Georgia marking their 25th anniversary in the industry in 2005. This facility includes production and research laboratories, manufacturing, inventory, shipping, and office space.

11 Reviews

ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ from Huntington Park, CA UNITED STA

09/06/2013

Experience Level: Intermediate

Great item!

Purchased this when starting my pico/nano reef. I used well cultured rock, so cultured it had communities of aiptasia in them! Haha! Although a good way to monitor ammonia, this is unneeded if using really good premium live rock. Although I no longer needed as my tank is now established (even flourishing), I am keeping it for the remainder of its life, which is 1 year.

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JOEY XIONG from RIVERSIDE, CA UNITED STATES

06/05/2011

Experience Level: Intermediate

Seachem Ammonia Alert

A must use if using Cupramine. Helps to monitor true ammonia and super easy to distinguish between levels. I used it for 5 months, took it out of water for 1 month and used it on another tank and it works fine.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful

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TIMOTHY GOULD from LONGMEADOW, MA UNITED STATES

12/14/2010

Experience Level: Beginner

Phenomenal!

I had ordered this product per recommendation of a good friend. I placed the order on December 3rd, was shipped on the 3rd, and I received it on the 9th - installed it on the 10th. After three (3) days of letting it equilibrate (per instructions if the sensor is dry), still reading 'yellow' (= <0.02), I started to question if it was working right. After contacting Seachem themselves and Marine Depot the same day: December 13th, BOTH of them PROMPTLY responding the SAME day (!!), they both advised holding the sensor over a product with Ammonia, such as Windex which I did, and sure enough, it turned purple in a second! Thus, I now know it is working properly, and I am even MORE relieved to know my aquarium is toxic-free! :)NOTE: Seachem's "Ammonia Alert" tests for NH3 (= FREE ammonia) ONLY = more important/crucial than ionized ammonia (= NH4?), as free ammonia is more toxic.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful

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tuffy6969 from MURRIETA, CA UNITED STATES

06/12/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

Works Great!

Since Ammonia is so important to keep track of in your reef tank - this is GREAT! You can see at a glance, if your ammonia needs tending to. I highly recommend!!

1 out of 1 found this review helpful

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JB from MEXICO

04/09/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

Reliable

I use it for a quarantine tank, no complaints at all.

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FCB from PEARL CITY, HI UNITED STATES

06/21/2009

Experience Level: Intermediate

AMMONIA ALERT

EXCELLENT PRODUCT--lets you know when to do a water change

4 out of 6 found this review helpful

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MICHAEL TAN from NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA UNITED STA

01/08/2009

Experience Level: Intermediate

Does not work!

This item (I bought 2) does not work.

3 out of 17 found this review helpful

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TERESA ARMSTEAD from NEWALLA, OK UNITED STATES

01/08/2009

Experience Level: Intermediate

would not be without it

This is a great tool for brine shrimp, baby seahorses and clowns, sick tanks, etc. It will help you know when to make your water change or add chemicals to detoxify the water. also great for rotifer tanks. It really works. Sooner Seahorse

1 out of 1 found this review helpful

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SALVADOR NUNEZ from SAN FRANCISCO, CA UNITED STATE

08/13/2008

Experience Level: Intermediate

ammonia alert

i used this product for 3 years now and it works

1 out of 2 found this review helpful

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ALAN FLYNN from MAYNOOTH, IRELAND

06/20/2008

Experience Level: Beginner

ammonia alert

simple product works well easy to use saves testing all the time but i still would monitor it with a test kit weekly

4 out of 4 found this review helpful

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