Salifert is a Dutch company that specializes in both fresh and saltwater test kits. They are one of the oldest manufacturers of salt water test kits and have been trusted by hobbyists for years. An ammonia test kit is a must have item for any hobbyist cycling a new tank, and the Salifert Ammonia Test Kit is among the easiest and most accurate on the market. Even once a tank has finished cycling it is always a good idea to have an ammonia test kit on hand in order to identify any ammonia spikes before they become toxic.
Testing of ammonia in a new reef tank is of vital importance because the production of ammonia from is the first stage of the nitrogen cycle. Ammonia is highly toxic to fish in any concentration and reefers should be aiming for 0 ppm of ammonia before adding any livestock such as corals or fish. It is important to know when the levels of ammonia have risen and fallen in a new tank because that is the signal to begin testing for the next compound that appears in the nitrogen cycle, nitrites.
Each Salifert Ammonia Test Kit comes with enough reagents for 50 tests, as well as syringes for measuring tank water and the reagents. Also included is a testing container with a lid and an easy to read colour chart to allow the hobbyist to interpret the results. The included instructions are clear and easy to follow.
A quality set of test kits is one of best investments a beginning reefer can make because they allow problems to be quickly identified and corrected before they become an emergency. The Salifert Ammonia Test Kit is a necessary tool for monitoring the nitrogen cycle in a new tank and to help ensure that a new aquarium starts off on the path towards reefing success.