Accurate By Salifert Convert on 5/25/2016
Salifert Convert wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
After dubious ammonia readings from my API ammonia test, (including getting high readings from a fresh mix) I switched to the Salifert. It's readings seem more in line with the nitrate and nitrite zero readings.
I also find that the test itself is easier to conduct and protects one from user errors.
Yikes - ZERO READING By B on 12/19/2014
B wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Used during a fishless cycle with ammonia being added to the tank. I had bought this because if their reputation and expecting something more accurate than the API test.
This test never came off zero as others described. I did get money back but can't recommend this test.
Love the Alk and Ca tests they produce.
Use at your own risk!!! By hpumpkin on 3/18/2014
hpumpkin wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
In a word .... crap. It would have been nice if the description of this product included the range of values measured. This test does not read higher than >2 ppm so it's virtually useless for use during startup. I suspected it wasn't working when I couldn't get a reading higher then 1.5 ppm even after multiple ammonia additions. Finally. I spiked my sample with a few drops of pure ammonia and it still didn't read higher then 1.5 ppm. I purchase an API kit and retested my water ...... it was >8 ppm. Time wasted, RO/DI water wasted, salt wasted .... can you tell I'm upset? Don't waste your money.
Easy to use (but confusing low reading) By Starrme on 4/29/2013
Starrme would recommend this product to a friend
Overall: I would buy again
- Directions are easy to follow
- Performing the test is quick and easy
- Cloudy low result (<0.25) is confusing
Note: I picked this test kit because of accuracy. My tank never had an ammonia spike due to live rock and sand so all I have ever seen is the cloudy result. I think if you have an ammonia spike during cycling it might be easier to interpret the low result because you have seen the color change over time.
screwed up my fishless cycle. no ammonia reading whatsoever By chen yang on 3/30/2013
chen yang wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
i bought this to measure ammonia for my fishless cycle. like the other reviewer i also got no ammonia reading after >12 tests over 10 days. i follow Dr tims instruciton for fishless cycle and dip the ammonia chloride. i tested for ammonia evreyday and its always 0. its always a cloudy white solution. i never dose the ammonia over 2 therefore i shouldnt get a 0 reading. i even dilute my water sample just to see if it was becasue my water has way too much ammonia. but it was still a white cloudy solution. i then did a water change and put a piece of shrimp meat in it. i measure ammonia everyday still no reading. i am thinking of asking for a refund. i wasted almost 2 weeks becasue of this test kit. becasue i dont know if i have too much ammonia or too little. ps i bought nitrite and nitrate salifert tests at the same time and their results were normal unlike the ammonia one. :-(
Not perfect but.... By David on 3/8/2013
David would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use, very consistent. Only problems I have is my kit never reads above 1.5 ppm no matter how much ammonia I add. Not ideal but it still serves it's purpose. The other thing is the vial gets a white film on it that's difficult remove due to the odd shaped corners.
My test kit was a dud By Edward on 1/28/2013
Edward wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It did not read any ammonia during my cycle. I tested with two other kits, both of which read over 2PPM. I understand this happens, but I prefer the tried and true API kit for ammonia.
Great Product By John on 1/9/2013
John would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use product that was accurate. I used it to make sure my tank was fully cycled. Amazing quality for a good value. Not as advanced as some but does the job just fine for me. Thanks BRS!
Accurate Test Results By Rodney on 10/11/2012
Rodney would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this item and the tast was quick and accurate
Not crazy about the color trip. By Kenneth on 8/31/2012
Kenneth would recommend this product to a friend
Like the title says, I am not crazy about the color strip. However I cannot fault salifert 100% because it could have just been the ammonia content of my water. I'll be using this when I start up my second reef tank.