Seachem Ammonia Alert
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Seachem AmGuard
Link: https://amzn.to/2EFFVvF

Dr. Tim’s One & Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria for Cycling, Saltwater
Link: https://amzn.to/2R8XHgz

Dr. Tim’s One & Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria for Cycling, Freshwater
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Seachem Stability
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Using the Seachem Ammonia Alert Badge correctly when setting up a quarantine tank, hospital tank or any aquarium is vital to the survival of your animals. This ammonia alert badge costs under $10, lasts about 1 year and its ability to detect ammonia spikes could save you $1,000’s worth of livestock. In this video, I will demonstrate how to confirm the ammonia alert is working and explain the facts to end the confusion about this product not always working as expected. If you are setting up your fish tank for the first time or have a recently cycled fish tank that is waiting for the beneficial aquarium bacteria to really kick in, this video and the Seachem Ammonia Alert is for you.


The most common problem I read about Seachem’s Ammonia Alert has to be about how the ammonia test kit shows through-the-roof levels of ammonia, while the ammonia alert badge still reads safe. This has to do with a mix up of what total ammonia, free ammonia and ionized ammonia is, and that has people scratching their heads. I promise not to bore anyone to death while I quickly take a shot at demystifying ammonia testing. Not understanding the basics of how these levels relate to your quarantine tank and aquarium bacteria levels can be an extremely costly mistake.


If you do detect an ammonia spike, I highly recommend products like Seachem AmGuard as an emergency fix in addition to water changes. It is also helps to add bacteria boosters like Seachem Stability or Dr Tim’s One & Only. Both items are linked below and expect videos on those products soon.

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