Ammonia Is Constantly Released Into The Water In An Aquarium Containing Fish, Through The Gills Of The Fish And As Urine And Solid Waste, So Regular Testing With A Strip From The API Ammonia Testing Strips Kit Ensures Accuracy In Results And Allows Aquarists To Manage And Prevent Potential Imbalances.

As The Number One Cause Of Stress And Related Death In Tropical Fish, Ammonia Damages Gill Membranes And Prevents Fish From Carrying Out Normal Respiration, Quickly Leading To Death When In High Levels. Even Trace Amounts Of Ammonia Suppress The Immune System And Increase The Likelihood Of Disease.

The Biological Filter In The Aquarium Acts As A Natural Defence Against Ammonia, But Any Natural System Can Suffer Imbalances, Especially Those Which Are In New Aquariums Or In Aquariums Which Have A Heavy Fish Load.

Regular monitoring is key to preventing and halting ammonia surges – every 2 days in a new aquarium and every week in an established aquarium is recommended.


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