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Old 05-21-2011, 12:51 AM   #1 
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Now I'm even more confused about cycling.

Is it true that if you use a water conditioner such as Prime which also removes ammonia and detoxifies nitrite in addition to removing the chemicals from your tap water that when you test for ammonia and nitrites it will never read accurately??? I'm using Prime water conditioner because it was so highly reccommended on here but if I'm never going to know where I'm at with the cycling process because the water conditioner I'm using will mess it up how will I ever know when the tank is cycled??? Or can I still use the same water conditioner which is Prime and get accurate readings?

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Old 05-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #2 
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:36 PM   #3 
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I am not 100% sure about this...but I THINK primes turns NH3 ((ammonia)) into NH4 ((ammonium?))and if you'll notice the API ammonia test kit tests for both. Please correct me if I'm wrong someone! :) I'm just tryna hhelp bump your thread LOL. I'll research it some for ya...
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:48 PM   #4 
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From what I've read on another forum about this...Prime should NOT affect your readings.
I've read this on several sites now. Primes converts it to the less toxic ammonium (NH4) which is still detected. Now the nitrites...well I didnt find an explanation but you should still get accurate readings IMO.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...eadings-67942/
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:53 PM   #5 
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Thank you so much.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:13 PM   #6 
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I've heard the same thing about Prime turning ammonia into ammonium, which, I think, is less toxic to fish.
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