04-13-2012, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by cwgrl42
Ok, my tank has been cycling for the past month. I ran out of De-chlorinator a couple of days ago and bough prime. I was reading ammonia above 4 and nitrites above (high, dark lavendar color on API fw kit). So I did a water change yesterday and tested this am and Both readings are 0...... so did my tank cycle or does the prime not let the ammonia or nitrites register on the API test?? I have a 50 gallon with 2 dwarf gouramis and 4 barbs (going to get 2 more barbs to finish out the herd if my tank is cycled). I also have a Chinese Algae Eater
(who would be banished to the watering trough if I could catch him.....he sooooo psycho!!!)
Good idea on trying to get the CAE out. I would too if you can catch him.
This is a direct quote from the Seachem website
Prime® also contains a binder which renders ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate non-toxic. It is very important to understand how those two functions work together. All dechlorinators operate through a chemical process known as reduction. In this process, toxic dissolved chlorine gas (Cl2) is converted into non-toxic chloride ions (Cl-). The reduction process also breaks the bonds between chlorine and nitrogen atoms in the chloramine molecule (NH2Cl), freeing the chlorine atoms and replacing them with hydrogen (H) to create ammonia (NH3). |
Typically, dechlorinators stop there, leaving an aquarium full of toxic ammonia! Seachem takes the necessary next step by including an ammonia binder to detoxify the ammonia produced in the reduction process.
Basically all the ammonia and nitrates and nitrites are still in the water. Just not toxic. The water change is what will remove those chemicals. Prime just does a great job at making it not harm the fish. Prime will not stop your cycle. I have cycled all 4 of my tanks with it.
When your nitrite readings were that high it was good that you did a water change. Did you by change get a reading on your nitrates? Did you test and water change today?
If not, test again for nitrite and nitrate.