Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-01-2017, 07:58 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Desert
Posts: 70
Prime and water testing Q

My friend finally started taking my advice after I explained the cycling process and how i don't do 100% water changes daily. She is finally letting her tanks cycle and she bought a test kit. Well i guess she went out and also bought prime to detoxify ammonia. Seeing as i have never used the stuff and relied on water changes to reduce ammonia I am uncertain as to how it works or affects the testing process. I was showing her how to use her api test kit when her nitrates were registering 40 ppm. So we did 3 30% water changes and continued to register the same amount of nitrates. I went out and bought another nitrate test kit thinking hers might have been contaminated or something. Once again she registered at around 40 ppm. We did another 2 30% water changes after that stil testing 40ppm nitrates.

I told her that it was probably the prime skewing the nitrate results because i am at a loss as to how two test kits could be registering her nitrates so high with as much water we have changed out.

Also i am positive we did the test right.

Has anyone had that experience with prime?
__________________

__________________
FlakRiot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2017, 08:02 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coralbandit's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Saratoga,NY
Posts: 4,715
Have you tested the source water?
Prime adds 0 nitrates...If it did no one would use it....
__________________

coralbandit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2017, 01:24 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ImACoolguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 7,954
Nitrates in your tap water sounds far more likely. The nitrate test is also very finicky. Make sure you are shaking the reagent bottles and the test tube very very well.

Prime detoxifies ammonia but it will not change the reading, it merely changes its form to ammonium. So if you had 2ppm ammonia, it just changes it to 2ppm ammonium temporarily.
__________________
ImACoolguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2017, 06:25 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Desert
Posts: 70
Well i was just thinking maybe there was something else in prime that could react to the test not actually nitrates. But it is her water source. And now i will never drink water from her place again. Thanks guys
__________________
FlakRiot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, prime, rim, sting, test, testing, water, water testing

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How long does prime effect water testing ashleynicole Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 09-19-2011 10:31 PM
Dissolved Oxygen Testing? Testing Supplies? OhNeil1969 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 01-18-2011 11:03 AM
Ammonia in tap water, prime, api testingÖ JerryO Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 07-06-2010 10:50 AM
Testing testing 1, 2 STARFYRE Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 20 01-02-2007 03:26 PM
Testing testing 1..2..3... h8z2luze General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 11 01-26-2006 12:11 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.