02-27-2011, 04:24 PM
| || | ammonia and Prime
Originally Posted by Byron
Last word on Prime and similar ammonia detoxifiers: they work for about 24 hours, maybe slightly longer. [Ammonia detoxifier filter media are different, they are intended to work continually, or at least until the manufacturer says they no longer function, whenever that may be.] So if there is ammonia in your tap water for instance, and you use Prime or a similar conditioner, it will detoxify the ammonia in the tap water for 24-48 hours. But by then, the bacteria and/or live plants will be using the ammonia/ammonium anyway. Prime and similar conditioners should not be used to deal with ammonia constantly produced in the tank; this should be resolved by finding the source and removing it. Once the tank is cycled, or if it is well planted, you should never, and I mean never, see ammonia or nitrite that can be detected by test kits like the API. It is only if something drastic occurs that ammonia or nitrite will suddenly rise in a cycled and established tank, and in that case the source needs to be addressed. Ammonia in the tap water as I said is easily dealt with by a suitable conditioner.
I'm sorry I don't mean to threadjack but I just have one question.
My tap water has .25 ppm ammonia in it and so does my tank. Nitrite and nitrate both read 0 for tap and tank using API liquid test kits. My tank is moderately planted and is cycled. So since the ammonia is in the tap I can use prime and by the third day there should be no ammonia left in the tank?
Anyway, sorry again and I hope the OP gets everything figured out.