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In-tank pH and ammonia testers

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I'll be cycling a tank before too long here and have been looking at those pH and ammonia testers that stay in the tank for on-spot checking... Anyone used these before, and do you think they were accurate and worth the $$?

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i got one of those and i think i wasted my money, the ph is reading is right on the spot, but the ammonia isn't... it kept showing my tank as danger, but infact its really zero... what i think is, after ur tank has cycled, u have to change it out for a new one, it does does not drop or something...

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i am not sure if i wanted to buy the refill kit... 25 bucks or so for 9 month supply...

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SeaChem has a stay-in-tank pH monitor that doesn't need strips... I may go with that one and then just get one set of replacements on the ammonia one that takes strips...



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SeaChem has a stay-in-tank pH monitor that doesn't need strips......I may go with that one and then just get one set of replacements on the ammonia one that takes strips...

You said ph monitor first but are testing ammonia so I will comment on the ammpnia tester.

I just bought one two days ago and it said my ammonia level was fine. Then I got a Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit today and it said my ammonia levels was through the roof. I am now doing a drastic 30% water change for the next week to reduce levels. I say stay away from the stay in tank tast monitors.
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Apparently they're fairly new on the market. I've decided I'm going to try them out and see- both Seachem and Mardel make ones that test for both pH and ammonia- since they aren't expensive I'm going to buy both and run the experiment against my drops (I already own a master kit)

So basically I went from looking for a lazy way out to running my own experiment! LOL



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