Okay, so I guess in my case (with no filter), the ammonia stays as something less toxic. But since I don't have a filter, that less toxic substance will still be present in the water. Is that right?
The reason I asked this is because this morning I treated 1 gallon of water with 2 drops of the Prime and I'm using it to replenish the water in the tank that I'm using to float my betta (in a Solo cup). That tank water was treated yesterday with Prime, as well, but my fish hasn't been in it directly. He's been in his cup.
No, after 48 hrs, the less toxic stuff converts back to ammonia (the toxic stuff). But if your tap doesn't contain ammonia, I wouldn't worry TOO much about it. Ammonia should stay at a safe level with frequent water changes in a 5 gal tank (1-2 times a week) and shouldn't build up as quickly as say, your previous 1 gal tank (ammonia builds up REAL quickly in smaller volumes of water).
Last edited by majesticstorm; 02-12-2013 at 12:03 AM.
Hmm, well I'm not yet using the 5 gallon tank. I'm still on my 24 hour test of the heater. And I don't know if I want to put him in there with all 5 gallons before he's ready because he was struggling to get to the top of the 1 gallon.
I'm going to go test the tap for ammonia right now to see what I get. I'll report back here when I get the results.
I went ahead and got a Top Fin heater. Reviews are not great, but I wanted to get started on heating the new water and testing the heater. As I'm writing this, the thermometer in the 5 gallon tank is reading just over 74 F. I'm not sure whether I have the heater set to 75 F or 79 F because of the markings on the heater. The squares up to 75 F or filled solid red and there's a red diagonal line on 79 F.
I have this heater, it is complicated and the instructions are terrible.
I have mine in a 10gallon, I have it set to 82 degrees and mines at a steady 80. I would say test it and just be careful to watch it.
(being set at 80 the square is filled in and the half line is at 85)