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Old 11-21-2012, 06:51 PM   #1 
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Question about Prime

I know Prime water conditioner binds with ammonia in tap water and ammonia produced by fish to make it ammonium, which is safe. It is supposed to do this for 24 hours.

Now, say you are in the process of cycling a tank, and you do not yet have an established bacterial colony. After the 24 or so hours, does the ammonium that the Prime bound with turn back into ammonia? Or does it just stop binding with newly made ammonia (like from the fish).
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:01 PM   #2 
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I don't believe that it continues to detoxify the ammonia. If you're concerned about ammonia build up, I would suggest adding a few drops of Prime every few days to your tank.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #3 
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I know it doesn't continue to detoxify it, but does it let the ammonium it made turn back into ammonia? (I am having a lot of trouble wording this, lol.)
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:30 PM   #4 
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I think it does, I'm not sure.
Not to hijack or anything, but can the filter get rid of the ammonium?
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:34 PM   #5 
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After you add Prime if will detox ammonia for 48 hours then you may add more if needed. Its also detoxes nitrite and nitrate again only for 48 hours.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #6 
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You think it does what?

Yes the BB eat up ammonium just as if it were ammonia.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:36 PM   #7 
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Well that's stupid.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:36 PM   #8 
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From what I've read: the prime ingredients will attach themselves to the ammonia to keep it non-toxic. It will not change back into ammonia. If you have a filter the non-toxic ammonia will be able to be used to create beneficial bacteria.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #9 
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Thank you for answering, I was wondering that for a while.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #10 
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Okay well what if you are trying to cycle a tank and you have ammonia in your tap water? After 48 hours you get a spike?
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