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Old 07-20-2013, 12:34 AM   #1 
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Do water conditioners kill ammonia

Hi, my water conditioner says that it kills ammonia. I actually want the ammonia to build up so that my tank can go through the cycle process. :/ I also need to clean the tank each time the ammonia spikes. My problem here is that my conditioner says it kills ammonia. Would killing the ammonia slow or stop the cycle? Would it kill good bacteria?
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:26 AM   #2 
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Is this a fish IN or fish LESS cycle? Which conditioner are you using? Most conditioners do not remove ammonia it just converts it to ammonium which is not harmful & the BB still feeds on it. If you're using Prime, it'll only dots the ammonia for 24-48 hrs. Conditioner doesn't usually hinder cycling.
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Is this a fish IN or fish LESS cycle? Which conditioner are you using? Most conditioners do not remove ammonia it just converts it to ammonium which is not harmful & the BB still feeds on it. If you're using Prime, it'll only dots the ammonia for 24-48 hrs. Conditioner doesn't usually hinder cycling.
This is a fish in cycle, and my conditioner says it kills ammonia, would this interrupt the cycle or slow it down? When i clean about 25% of my water, i have to add the conditioner to tap water, i usually put it in a gallon, then pour it into the tank. Would adding the water that has the conditioner kill the ammonia from the water that is inside the tank?
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:42 PM   #4 
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No, the conditioner will not hinder the bacteria from eating up the ammonia. "Kill" is just a marketing term to make you buy the product, not what's actually going on. And yes, it will turn the ammonia in the tank to ammonium. YOU WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. Ammonia is deadly to fish, ammonium is not. Bacteria can use either form of it for cycling.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #5 
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Ammonia would have to be alive in order to be killed....


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