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Old 10-07-2009, 12:24 PM   #41
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I agree with the Prime issue and API sensitivity. I had a constant and consistent, low level ammonia reading in my large freshwater tank even after water changes up to 70%; the ammonia reading never changed. The fish, however, were full of themselves and extremely active.

When I contacted API, they confessed/admitted that both Prime and AMQUEL could cause a false ammonia reading with the API kits. Of course, I would buy either one on a consistent basis.

I have an RO/DI unit that I use now due to setting up a reef tank as well but, prior to that, I did two 70% water changes in the fresh using stress coat instead (which I don't like as much as it clouds the water for a day or so) and the false readings went away.

As far as I can see, I haven't had an issue with the reef tanks during the liverock curing process using API and stress coat (prior to using the RO/DI).
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I agree with the Prime issue and API sensitivity. I had a constant and consistent, low level ammonia reading in my large freshwater tank even after water changes up to 70%; the ammonia reading never changed. The fish, however, were full of themselves and extremely active.

When I contacted API, they confessed/admitted that both Prime and AMQUEL could cause a false ammonia reading with the API kits. Of course, I would buy either one on a consistent basis.

I have an RO/DI unit that I use now due to setting up a reef tank as well but, prior to that, I did two 70% water changes in the fresh using stress coat instead (which I don't like as much as it clouds the water for a day or so) and the false readings went away.

As far as I can see, I haven't had an issue with the reef tanks during the liverock curing process using API and stress coat (prior to using the RO/DI).
I just stopped using either because I'm using RO/DI. I new I didn't have to but was anyway.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:21 PM   #43
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Hi Inferno

Agree..now that I use the RO/DI, I don't use the dechlorinators. My RO/DI unit was in a box that disappeared from the mover's van during my move from Virginia to Maryland. Since the freshwater seemd adequate with tap water, I didn't bother replacing the unit. Now that I am playing, again, with reefs, I decided to replace the unit.
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