04-19-2011, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by bettababy
Things make a little more sense now. Using the Prime to eliminate the ammonia in the tap water is also going to help eliminate it in the aquarium. If the Prime is handling the ammonia then there isn't anything left for the bacteria to convert. As the week progresses and the ammonia begins a slow climb (likely ammonia beyond what the Prime is handling) then the cycling process will begin, just in time for you to do another water change, add more Prime, and deplete the ammonia again.
I am concerned about your dropping pH. That is not normal or safe for the animals, especially if it happens frequently. What dose are you using of the Prime? What is the ammonia reading that shows up in your tap water? Any nitrite or nitrate in the tap water?
Dawn, if I may ask a question here, so that I understand correctly... Prime detoxifies ammonia by changing it to ammonium (so Seachem told me when I asked them) and nitrosomonas bacteria will use ammonium and ammonia, so that part of the cycle should not be affected. But Prime also detoxifies nitrite, by binding it somehow; would this make it "zero" with the API nitrite test?