08-27-2011, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by BarbH
If it detoxifies the ammonia by making it into ammonium you should be fine. Most products will do this for only a few days and then the ammonium can change back to ammonia. In a cycled tank especially with plants this should not be a problem and should be handled by the plants and the benificial bacteria in the tank. Someone can correct me if I am wrong on this. The reading that you are getting on your test kit for ammonia, I am guessing is actually reading ammonium in the water. I would keep an eye on the fish for any signs of ammonia posioning, but otherwise you should be fine with testing the water parameters before you carry out your weekly water change.
Originally Posted by Byron
I concur with everything Barb has mentioned. Continue with the 50% weekly water changes and you'll be fine.
I had to get 3 fish out of the tank today and I needed to remove about 50% of the water to get them out. So I changed another 50% of the water of today. So over the past 3 days I changed about 87% of the water. Water test results today - ph 7.6, ammn .25, NI 0, NA 5-10
The water conditioner that Im using is from aqueon and I add it to the fresh water before going into the tank. Is Prime the same type of product (add to new water or tank directly)? Are there any products that I can add to the tank directly to bring the ammonia to zero?