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Prime & Nessler Based Test Kits


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Ok, for those of you who uses Prime as your water conditioner and probably using nessler based test kits, don't have to throw away your old test kit reagents.

Test the ammonia 48 hours after treatment with Prime and you won't get false high ammonia readings. Did mine again using both API's and a chinese made test kit. The API's showed a result of 0.25 ppm, while the other showed <0.5mg/l tank was dosed with Prime on Friday immediate test with the nessler based kit gave readings that is outside the chart.

Hope this helps. And btw, I got the idea from

http://www.aquachek.com/PublicPopups.asp?a...rameter&PAID=16

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That is a fine idea, but a bit skewed..... The tests can give "false" positives for they are designed to detect the presence of ammonia in the water. They do not differenciate between "bound" ammonia and "free" ammonia.

The product, Prime, binds the ammonia in the water, changing it so that it is not toxic to a fish's gills/body. The ammonia is still there - and easily "unbound" by the nitrifying bacteria in your tank - the beneficial ones that make up the nitrogen cycle.

Because the ammonia is still there, many tests will read that ammonia as present. It is. It is just not present in a toxic form.

Waiting 48 hours will not change that reading or make it any more accurate. The thing that does that is a water change - removing the water that contains the bound ammonia and replacing it with water that does not contain ammonia - either bound or free.

When you have a tank that is not cycled, it is best to start with daily (or frequent) water changes, backed up with the use of a chemical treatment such as Prime. The Prime will bind any ammonia/nitrite during the time between water changes. It cannot, necessarily, do the full job.

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