09-25-2013, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Hallyx
I's OK to dose Prime into the refill bucket as you fill it. It really does work instantaneously. And, truth be known, if your water is within the legal limit for chloramine, it takes a while for it to kill off the nitrifying bacteria. Prime will have split it into chlorine and ammonia long before that, and treated the chlorine and detoxified the ammonia as well.
This is the disadvantage of "aging" water for a day or more: The ammonia that Prime splits off is converted to harmless ammonium. Ammonium wants to return to being ammonia within a day or two; so it's on its way there by time you fill your tank. Better to refill right away and let the nitrifying bacteria eat the ammonium before it reconverts back to ammonia.
I agree but just remember if you have a well established biological filtration in your tank, than those ammonia loving bacteria (nitrosomonas bacteria) will take care of that ammonia with no problem that is if your tank is established and has a healthy colony of nitrifying bacteria. I see what you are saying though and I honestly have never had problems with the way I have done it, but everyone does it a little different eh? Thanks