Originally Posted by bailey0789
So what is prime, another brand of water conditioner? Are you saying you can use Prime to control ammonia etc.. just by adding it to your tank?
Yes to the first question, no (sort of) to the second. I'll explain this.
Prime is a water conditioner, intended for use during a water change. It detoxifies chlorine, chloramine, heavy metals, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate if any of these are in the tap water. It "works" for about 24-36 hours, possibly (according to Seachem whom i asked directly) 48 hours but best not to chance that. Anyway, it is as I said intended for dealing with these substances in source (tap) water. Not for treating established tanks to lower ammonia, nitrite or nitrate. Those problems, if they exist, must be handled naturally by finding the cause and fixing things, rather than masking the issue with bandaids.
Many water conditioners now handle ammonia along with chlorine, chloramine and heavy metal. They will say this on the label. To my knowledge, other than Prime, only Ultimate (made by Aquarium Solutions) handles nitrite as well. This latter does not appear to deal with nitrate, at least they don't say it does.
As someone hinted, it is good to know exactly what is in your tap water. Test it for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. And for pH if you haven't already. And also check with the water supply folks, many now have websites with a chart of water parameters, or if not they can tell you.