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post #11 of 15 Old 06-30-2013, 09:39 PM
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The recovery is instantaneous when you do a large water change. If the fish are still at the surface after a 50% change, then your ammonia levels must be pretty high.

The prime detoxifies ammonia for 24-48 hours, so you can use it for protection between water changes.

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post #12 of 15 Old 06-30-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
I unfortunately do not currently have a test kit to test the levels, but will get one tomorrow along with some prime. These fish were just added last night, is it really possible that the ammonia level got so high that fast? I'm thinking about trying to get in another water change tonight if that would help. The fish aren't as bad as they were before, there's one or two that are acting a bit less lethargic and swimming around a bit, but as for the rest of them they are still at the surface behind the filter with little activity.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-30-2013, 10:36 PM
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I wouldn't expect the levels to have gotten that high so fast, but that's what their behavior is indicating.

Prime is a water conditioner, but it's certainly not the only conditioner that detoxifies ammonia. What water conditioner are you currently using?

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-30-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't expect the levels to have gotten that high so fast, but that's what their behavior is indicating.

Prime is a water conditioner, but it's certainly not the only conditioner that detoxifies ammonia. What water conditioner are you currently using?
I'm currently using API brand water conditioner, it says on it that it detoxifies heavy metals but does not mention anything about detoxifying ammonia.
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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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