prime - detoxifying ammonia

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by neonblue1980, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. neonblue1980Valued MemberMember

    does prime 100% protect fish against ammonia? i'm asking because i've been adding a bit every day or two just in case i get some ammonia spike unexpectedly. but is this a totally fruitless attempt?
  2. RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    neonblue1980, yes Prime will bind to ammonia and make it less harmless for a certain period, usually 24 hours. Have you tested your water ? in a cycled tank, you should not have any ammonia issues.
  3. neonblue1980Valued MemberMember

    hi, i've posted in a few threads today that my parameters have always been ammonia 0.25/nitrites 0/nitrates 5-10. i kid you not, they have not budged an ounce in the two months i've had the tank. never a spike in ammonia or nitrites. i test every day or two using api master kit. which i'm hearing can give false 0.25 readings. that value makes me leery because i can't be sure whether it's false or not. i used nutrafin cycle when i added my fish a little over a month ago.
  4. FiscCyningWell Known MemberMember

    You may have already tried this, but have you tested your tap water to see if it contains ammonia right out of the tap?

    You may also consider researching AmQuel Plus, which reportedly gets rid of ammonia/nitrites/nitrates permanently instead of just binding it for 24 hours. I really haven't seen a definitive answer about this claim, but it might at least be worth looking into if this is a long-term problem with your tanks.
  5. RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    FiscCyning can you please site your source, I would be interesting in reading up on this.
  6. FiscCyningWell Known MemberMember


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