Originally Posted by brandelion
oh I don't have to change the water as often with the prime?? I've been trying to do at least 25% every other day - but yeah the cloudiness does tend to go away if it's more than a day or so between water changes
how often should I be doing water changes now then? and how often should I add the prime? I assume it either has to be done WITH water changes to avoid overdosing the tank with it OR does it dissipate, making it possible to add more without changing the water?
the bottle just says to add it with water changes
how does one come to have all these answers? trial and error? haaa
On the last question, yes.
We all learn from going through this and most of us made similar or worse mistakes. We also learn from others to avoid those mistakes, which is the great benefit of this forum.
While most water conditioners say overdosing can't hurt, I prefer not using more than necessary. After all, they are chemicals, and while essential to detoxify chlorine/chloramine using more than required to do this is something I would avoid. Prime should be used when adding new tap water, and only enough for the volume of water added.
Prime will detoxify ammonia and nitrite, but in response to a direct question from me, Seachem indicated it is active for about 24 or maybe 48 hours, after which it will no longer detoxify anything. So my advice is to monitor ammonia daily, and watch your fish. If they show signs of stress, do a water change; in this case now I would say try 25%, using Prime. Monitor the results.
Were you using bacterial supplements, like Seachem's Stability? That will, in my view, help establish the bacteria.
And was your tap water tested for ammonia? Just to make sure we are not compounding the problem from there.