Omg Prime Is The Bees Knees!

Discussion in 'Water Conditioners and Supplements' started by Lauradesu, May 26, 2018.

  1. Lauradesu

    LauradesuValued MemberMember

    So I went to my lfs and I had got some money and I was going to go crazy at the lfs with 200$ because I got a bonus at work and have no outstanding Bill's or anything for my wedding that I have to pay right now. Soooooooo

    I went crazy at a fish store (I'm bipolar if you know what being manic is then you can see what I mean by crazy at a fish store)

    So here I am with my fiance throwing bottle after bottle after bottle of stuff we need for our tanks literally going insane and then I found where they kept the prime! Since you guys always go on about it I was like I'm going to buy the biggest jug they have (79$) and it's literally like a jug. This stuff is AMAZING ......smells bad...... BUT AMAZING its way better than anything I used before my tests for ammonia and everything came back absolutely zero!!! .......also I went a little further manic and bought a really good brand of liquid food/fertilizer for my plants in my aquariums (it was 32$ WORTH IT) THEN I kinda went a little bit more crazy and bought a big ryukin which takes up the last bit of space in my 50 gallon but hes cute his name is souji

    But yeah how did I survive with out prime all this time!?
  2. NYFishGuy

    NYFishGuyValued MemberMember

    I'm still not sure why you like it so much? I use it too ,getting back into the hobby after 10 years. Can't remember what i used before.
    What changed when you started using it vs what you had before? from what i read prime doesn't remove ammonia/nitrite etc but makes them less toxic for 48hr.
    Testing still shows these after using prime.
  3. OP

    LauradesuValued MemberMember

    It dropped my ammonia really fast and today when I tested and the ammonium dropped some how top. Though, I still dont have nitrates or nitrites in my 5p gallon still and its been almost a week since they have been there but the plants are healthy and so are the fish so my cycle didnt crash I know this much
  4. WraithenWell Known MemberMember

    Prime doesnt do that. It just binds nitrogen compounds and some heavy metals. It wont actually remove them. If you are using the api test kit it wont really show any difference. If you have an actual free ammonia test kit, it will show lower levels up to 48 hours. It wont make the bound ammonia decrease though. (Ammonium.)

    Sounds more likely your cycle is starting to nudge. Did you beat up the nitrate bottle #2 violently? It's possible you arent getting accurate test results.
  5. OP

    LauradesuValued MemberMember

    First the nitrates dropped then the nitrites the next day doesn't matter what test I use there is nothing there. And I've tried everything to get it back up but I was told by some one on here that it's not a problem that I dont have nitrates or nitrites at all. The ammonia is 0 has been 0 and the only thing I have is a little ammonium and that's dropping too.

    Also I have plants in the tank and they are growing like mad with very little help
  6. WraithenWell Known MemberMember

    Ah, the plants are keeping your nitrates down. I didnt see that before, sorry.

    Also, ammonium is readily removed via beneficial bacteria and most plants prefer not to use it. Its harmless so I wouldn't worry about it. You have a low ph I take it, since you keep referring to ammonium.
  7. OP

    LauradesuValued MemberMember

    Nope just three dirty ryukin goldfish that caused a lot of ammonia that I used chemicals that turned it into ammonium and now I cant seem to get rid of it. My ph sits at 7.4 constantly so not low either. Api ammo lock works but it turns ammonia into ammonium that's hard to get rid of

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