If I'm using prime as the water conditioner do I follow the instructions on the bottle, or do I need to use more? Thanks
I would follow the instructions on the bottle. Depending on the tank conditions, the amount used varies with each situation. But just as a water conditioner w/ wc's, you would follow the 1 mL for each 10gallon's of water. And your cap/lid has its own measure there for you, the threads inside the cap are an easy measure for each ml and I go by that when using Prime with my water changes.
If you had a high nitrate or chorlamine, ammonia you can use up to 5x's in an emergency situation til you can get those water changes done.
I like Prime and use it with all my water changes.. ;D
Thanks we do have ammonia of 1ppm in our 20 gal and .25 in the 5 gal, and nitrite at 1ppm in both so I'm doing water changes every morning in them to try to get the numbers back to where they need to be.
ammonia is ammonia.. no matter where it comes from, the tap or the tank. IF you have ammonia in your tank you will always have to do water changes on a regular basis. The Prime will help to detoxify it.
What is your PH level? If it is really low.. that would be a big plus.
No, those 2 can be used together.
My ph from the tap is 7.6 and the ph from the tank is 7.0. I know I will have to do the water changes as long as I have an ammonia reading from the tank,
my question is will I always have a reading from the tank since I have ammonia in my tap water...
and how long should I wait after adding the new water to the tank to check the chemical levels again? Thanks again.
Bottled water or maybe finding a good fresh water source, you can possibly mix the tap with another water source that does not have ammonia and would be cutting down on the amount of ammonia going into your tank.[/I]
I would wait 24 hours after a water change to do a test. But the best true record IMO would be doing a test just before your water change.