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Old 08-12-2010, 11:15 AM   #11
 
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Do you have ammonia in your tap water? If not, there is no such thing as ammonium from Prime. Prime converts harmful ammonia into harmless ammonium, but if you do not have ammonia in your tap, that could be your problem right there.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:22 AM   #12
 
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when I checked last (a day and a half ago) they were fine... ammonia between zero and .25 (I think it's picking up ammonium from the prime) nitrite zero - nitrate somewhere between 10 and 20 (guessing closer to 10)

guess I should test again now

That's possible, I went through that and eventually had to set up a pre-treatment container inwhich I run Prime treated water through zeolite to get rid of the ammonia resulting from the breaking of the chloramine bond. Every time I changed water from the tap my tank clouded for days while my bio-filter fought with the new influx of ammonium.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:35 AM   #13
 
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Do you have ammonia in your tap water? If not, there is no such thing as ammonium from Prime. Prime converts harmful ammonia into harmless ammonium, but if you do not have ammonia in your tap, that could be your problem right there.
what I was saying was that I think the test kit is reading ammonium as ammonia - it ALWAYS reads just slightly over zero

but to answer your question, no I don't have ammonia in my tap water
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #14
 
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If you do not have ammonia in your tap water, then you have ammonia in your tank. Prime does detoxify ammonia, but only for so long. If you read ammonia, then you should be doing water changes until you get a reading of 0.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:41 AM   #15
 
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what I was saying was that I think the test kit is reading ammonium as ammonia - it ALWAYS reads just slightly over zero

but to answer your question, no I don't have ammonia in my tap water
You do apparently, if Prime is converting ammonia into ammonium the ammonia is coming from the chloramine in your tap water.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:43 AM   #16
 
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If you do not have ammonia in your tap water, then you have ammonia in your tank. Prime does detoxify ammonia, but only for so long. If you read ammonia, then you should be doing water changes until you get a reading of 0.
it will read just like that 5 minutes, 5 hours, 10 hours or a week after doing a water change...
it's like I'm squinting to see if it has a tinge of green but I think I see that tinge :/
if I changed the water for that tinge I'd be changing it 3 times a day
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:45 AM   #17
 
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You do apparently, if Prime is converting ammonia into ammonium the ammonia is coming from the chloramine in your tap water.
well I've tested my tap water several times for this reason and never gotten even a hint of ammonia - it's a mystery that has been stumping me for a few months now hehehe
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:32 PM   #18
 
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but even if I do have a trace of ammonia in the tank... that wouldn't explain why this fish is missing it's tail!!

something weird is going on and I don't think it's just ich :/
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:57 PM   #19
 
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and down goes another tetra... at this rate I should be completely fishless by morning :/
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:08 PM   #20
 
Are you using strips or a liquid test kit?
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