02-28-2014, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by beaslbob
As I understand this tank for the last 2 months you have been doing water changes with Prime, plants and fish are doing fine, and you still are measuring ammonia among other things.
You might try the seachem multitest ammonia kit and measure total as well as free ammonia. Or even one of the seachem ammonia in tank dots. The dots measure the free ammonia.
I think you will find the ammonia is all locked up.
Which to me means it is a artifact of using Prime.
As an example if you replace 5% of the water lost from evaporation with untreated tap water that has say 1ppm ammonia, the tank will only measure .2ppm ammonia. And even that will be consumed by the plants in a matter of minutes/hours.
Contrary to other posts here I actually do cycle my tanks. Just in a way that does not produce the parameter spikes.
I think you will find that by not doing water changes, and not using Prime your ammonia will drop to unmeasureable levels in a day or two. With nitrItes unmeasureable a few days later. Finally nitrates will drop down but that could take a few weeks.
Being as your fish and plants are fine you could also just keep doing what you're doing. With that I would expect that ammonia will be measureable indefinitely.
Still just my .02
Very interesting! I would love to like this post and agree with everything bob said, but i think hes only 95% right. Only thing i cant go along with is using untreated tap water. I don' know exactly what Carlos' tap water like, but mine... i can smell the chlorine rising from it as it sits in 5 Gallon buckets waiting to go into the tank. It MUST be dechlorinated before use. Bob may be blessed with great tap water that is suitable for use in aquaria untreated, but i would always recommend to use Prime.
Other than that, bob makes a very good case. I would do nothing for a few days to see if your tank is stable. But keep testing in case its not. Also i would continue with a regular water change schedule for long-term tank mainenance, but that's only my opinion and others may know better than me.
Best of Luck!
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