Question API Ammo-Chips?

jmaldo

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I purchased some fish yesterday at a "Swap" meet. I noticed inside the bags some small what looked like rocks. I asked the seller what they were and he pointed to the box of
API Ammo-Chips.
He explained he adds a few to the bags of fish to negate the ammonia build-up which can occur.
He has used it for years,
Yay/Nay Anyone use these before in the bag?
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I have not used them in a shipping application although I have heard of it .
IMO the stone is a hazard to the fish in the bag with rough handling.
If I was concerned with nutrients during shipping I would add a dime sized piece of cycled sponge to the bag .
I considered using the sponge when I shipped 2-3 day and had issues , but never used them .
Express shipping is really the only way to go IMO.
 

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Ammo Chips are zeolite but its grade is unknown. I would buy bulk clinoptilolite (the best form of zeolite) instead. I have a 20 lb bag.

Its ability to adsorb ammonium is well studied and there are even a few studies on its use in fish transport where it worked well. A quantity equivalent to half the weight of fish should be used.

It's less effective with higher salt concentrations (salt solutions are used to recharge it).

I think it's by far the best way to control ammonia in freshwater tanks in an emergency or during transport.

The rocks are pretty soft (actually more like a hard clay) and shouldn't be a hazard.
 
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coralbandit said:
IMO the stone is a hazard to the fish in the bag with rough handling.
My thought exactly.
He also mentioned the foam.
AvalancheDave said:
The rocks are pretty soft (actually more like a hard clay) and shouldn't be a hazard.
Thanks, Good to know.
 

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