Use Ammo Lock or wait for Prime?

321fishinfool

Hello, your typical overthinker here. To keep it short, I have 5 zebra danios in a 10 gallon tank which is in the process of cylcling. The past couple of days, I've had slightly high ammonia levels (at or slightly above 0.5ppm). Yesterday, I did a 20% water change in addition to not feeding the fish to help manage the ammonia levels.

Today, I tested the water, ammonia was at about 0.5ppm again, so I immediately did a 20% water change and fed them this time. I have Ammo Lock arriving soon (today) from Amazon, but I've been doing research and I see that Prime is much more popular among the experienced fish keepers, so I ordered some of it. My question is, should I use the Ammo Lock today to help protect my fish, or should I wait til tomorrow (when the Prime will arrive) to dose with Prime?
 

mattgirl

Do a bigger water change to get the ammonia lower. Put the ammo-lock on a bottom shelf and wait for Prime. If you are seeing .5 ammonia a 50% water change will get it down to safer levels.
 
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321fishinfool

Do a bigger water change to get the ammonia lower. Put the ammo-lock on a bottom shelf and wait for Prime. If you are seeing .5 ammonia a 50% water change will get it down to safer levels.

Thank you very much, like I said, overthinker here. I just want to make sure the fish are as healthy as can be. I will follow your advice, and again, thank you!
 
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AvalancheDave

Prime is more popular but API actually posted test results for Ammo Lock on their website. I only gave it a quick skim but it's better than the anecdotal evidence for Prime.

Ammo Lock does have a tendency to give off the scale results with the API ammonia test so even if it detoxifies ammonia you may not be able to measure how your cycle is progressing.
 
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