I did my weekly water test and I had elevated ammonia readings. I did a 50% water change, used extra dechlorinator, added supplemental bacteria. I retested this am and its still up. Tested my tap, its up too. Do I add prime or ammo lock from here on out?
Ok, I was reading another posting that spoke about using Prime. Since my goldfish are in this tank and I'm changing the water every 3/4 days, and 50% changes.... If Prime only lasts 24 hrs & I'm showing ammonia in my tap water, what else should I be doing? Should I add it every other day or will adding it when I do the water changes be sufficient?
A cycled tank should be able to process any ammonia that is in your tap water (plus the ammonia produced by the fish_ in 24 hours. So dosing the tap water with Prime should keep it detoxed until it is processes.
I would like to point out that while prime is the go-to ammonia detoxifier here that other products such as kordons amquel are just as capable of rendering ammonia safe and do not give false readings with the API tests.
Mommabear, use Prime. I have 4 Goldfish and use Prime. No effect on pH. Before Prime, I was using Amquel Plus, and it did cause a pH crash when I did three consecutive water changes (went from 7.2 to a light yellow on the API test, meaning it was 6.0 or lower). That was the reason I switched to Prime.