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Old 10-24-2005, 10:55 AM   #1
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SeaChem PRIME - Possible to overdose or build up in tank?

I have been using Prime for a few weeks to combat my town's chloramines. Due to my inability to measure or laziness, I have just been putting in 1 ml (one thread in the cap) with my 5 gallon water changes. Last night I splashed a little bit too much into my filter.

Two questions: 1. Is it possible to overdose on Prime when using reasonable amounts in a small, 20 gallon, aquarium? I am thinking 1 - 2 ml dissolved in the entire system each water change.

2. Since I have been doing 25% water changes every few days, is there any chance I have been building up the amount of Prime in my system and I should cut back?

Obviously the right answer is to accurately measure Prime the first time. But if I continue along the track that I am on, what are the risks?
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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Well, I've never heard anyone report that over dosing Prime, especially as a slight over dose, caused any problems.

I mean, look on the Prime label and it recommends 3x dose for removing heavy metals.
Plus, the 1ml per 10gallons is for removing X amount of chloramine. I'm lazy and never tested my tap water chloramine levels...so how do I know if a normal dose is enough to clear all my chlor?

I think the way you are dosing is perfectly fine, but try to avoid spilling extra in the tank.

Also, be aware that Prime does start taking on a kind of sulphury, rotten egg smell after a few weeks of being opened. This is perfectly normal, and it doesn't effect the potency of Prime. Its the dechlor I've been using for over a year now on all my tanks and it's great.
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:21 PM   #3
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I use 1 ml per 5 gal because the city has a higher concentration of chloramines. You may want to contact your local water company and see what the level is that they use.
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:27 PM   #4
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I'm going to start using Prime along with Stability to cycle my tank, heard good things about it...

The sulphur smell of the Prime won't make my tank water smelly though will it?
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I probably put more than what I need to too and have no problems. I use a 5G bucket as well. I don't put it in my filter though. I pour mine in the bucket of water, then dump the bucket into the tank using a small pitcher til it gets close to the bottom, then pour the rest of the 5G bucket in.
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:42 PM   #6
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Won't make your tank stink, no.
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What is Stability? Is that for ph? Don't use chemicals, a stable ph is better than fluctuating with chemicals. Also, it's not for cycling a tank. Bio Spira is the only product out there for that. Cycle doesn't work. If Stability is for ph, I wouldn't use it, and it doesn't cycle a tank.
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Stability is for cycling a tank, looking around it seems a lot of people have a lot of good things to say about it and have had good results!
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Yep, Stability by SeaChem is their answer to StressZyme and BioSpira, basically.

Never used it myself, but I always have used decorations and filter media for jumpstarting new tanks.

My friend Stuart has used Stability on a few new breeder/fry tanks, and loved it.
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Cool, I might check into it for future reference.
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