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Old 01/06/2008, 02:19 PM
lloydo lloydo is offline
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Anyone used Seachem Prime


I've had an outbreak of oodinium in my 100gal reef system. I've removed my 6 remaining fish to a quarantine tank and treated them with copper. I plan to leave them out of the main reef for 2 months to allow the tomonts to die off

(1 yellow,1 regal and 1 sailfin tang all about 2-3inches, 1 copperband, 1 maroon clown, 1 small puffer)

My quarantine tank is only 30 gal and at short notice I've had to set up an old biolife 55 trickle filter using some media from my sump. Biological filtration seems ok as ammonia is nil but my nitrates are v high (100ppm) - I did a 50% water change yesterday but readings still high

I know my quarantine tank is too small but it's all I have - I reckon on another 5 wks.

I'm adding Seachem Prime to try and de-toxify my nitrates - will they still read high if they are 'harmless' - how often can I add the Prime?

All fish currently well and feeding (except copperband - he's off his food and not v happy)
Old 01/06/2008, 03:09 PM
lloydo lloydo is offline
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this is what I'm having to deal with.......

Old 01/06/2008, 05:07 PM
dendro982 dendro982 is offline
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I'm using Prime as water conditioner, and for ammonia and nitrites in case of emergencies. It is biodegradable, and should be added every 24 hrs.
For nitrates - water changes, or denitrificators.

You can ask their people at their website (forums) or here, in sponsors, they should be too.
Old 01/07/2008, 01:07 AM
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I only use in case of emergencies.
Old 01/07/2008, 07:36 AM
Randy Holmes-Farley Randy Holmes-Farley is offline
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There is no need to use it for nitrite and nitrate, as neither is toxic to marine fish. Ammonia is another story, and it is a good emergency treatment for elevated ammonia.
Randy Holmes-Farley

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