Mardel LiveMeter LiveNH3 (Ammonia) Refill 3-pk
This product needs further research to get it right.
I am always buying this product...Why?? Because I know that some day it may work. I love to see that the "safe' colours on the strips and I have not had any problems with the tank...I do test the water with solutions and each time the PH is much higher although the Ammonia stays the same. I don't know, the fish are safe and I am about to buy another refill. I know what you are thinking, what an idiot and maybe I am, but, It is simple to use and gives me peace of mind.
I change it out every month and the water is crystal clear with no odours or dead fish.
January 13, 2013
Sounds too good to be true
This sounded like the perfect addition to my tanks but I was surprised
to find that it is worthless, The reading you see in the first hour of install never changes no matter what you do. I cross tested after raising the
PH as a safety measure and found that the live meter never changes.
I went from 6.6 to 8.0+ and after two days no change was indicated on
the liveMeter. This device is totally worthless!!!
July 21, 2012
Not a "meter", just a permanent test strip
It seemed like a good idea at the time. I am setting up a new 60 gallon tank and was putting fish in after the first few days, so I thought I'd pick this up to monitor the nitrogen cycle in "real time". On the 6th day, after adding some new gravel that "accelerates" the cycle with beneficial bacteria, the NH3 level spiked into the Danger category. After a water change, I didn't see this change, so I pulled out some test strips and the water was okay. So basically this won't measure the CURRENT level, as it can't "go down", only up, which I think makes it less useful. In reading the packaging it very carefully to never state that it goes down, only that it detects harmful levels. I think it would be more informative if the product were labeled as a sensor or detector, and not a meter, which implies that is shows the current level, not the maximum.
May 28, 2012
Not what I had expected
I was disappointed as the readings didn't change, ever. I tested it by putting in plain water (out of the faucet, no fish) and the readings still didn't change, even after it sat over night.
November 15, 2011