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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-05-2020, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Emergency! Root tabs causing Ammonia spike???!!

I was trying to figure out why my plants were turning to mush and after some help here, it was suggested by several people that I use root tabs to fertilize. I used a small number of root tabs but perhaps I didn’t bury them deep enough? So now my ammonia is spiking. A shrimp died. I’ve done a 50% water change and vacuumed up as much of the pellets as possible. But the ammonia is still there! I’m using seachem prime to try to get rid of the ammonia. So far the tests are still showing the same amount of ammonia... could it be that the prime detoxifies ammonia but it’s still showing up in the test? I need HELP!!!
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I was trying to figure out why my plants were turning to mush and after some help here, it was suggested by several people that I use root tabs to fertilize. I used a small number of root tabs but perhaps I didn’t bury them deep enough? So now my ammonia is spiking. A shrimp died. I’ve done a 50% water change and vacuumed up as much of the pellets as possible. But the ammonia is still there! I’m using seachem prime to try to get rid of the ammonia. So far the tests are still showing the same amount of ammonia... could it be that the prime detoxifies ammonia but it’s still showing up in the test? I need HELP!!!
What brand of root tabs?
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I was trying to figure out why my plants were turning to mush and after some help here, it was suggested by several people that I use root tabs to fertilize. I used a small number of root tabs but perhaps I didnít bury them deep enough? So now my ammonia is spiking. A shrimp died. Iíve done a 50% water change and vacuumed up as much of the pellets as possible. But the ammonia is still there! Iím using seachem prime to try to get rid of the ammonia. So far the tests are still showing the same amount of ammonia... could it be that the prime detoxifies ammonia but itís still showing up in the test? I need HELP!!!
Our test kits are not able to sort ammonium from ammonia and Prime does not really "remove ammonia" but what they call "locks it up" as ammonium. So using Prime to avoid ammonia is not a good idea to my because you are still going to get a reading and how do you know you have really solved the ammonia problem?
I far prefer to actually remove the ammonia and then also work to solve the cause, rather than simply hiding the problem.
But a big question is what is in the root tabs and is that the source of ammonia/ammonium reading or is it possible there is something else going on like a dead fish over in a corner hiding out and decaying?
To truly remove ammonia, water changes are best but that needs to also have the problem of where it is coming from solved or you are just running in circles.
If you have water on hand which matches your tank well enough, I would suggest daily 50% water changes or more until getting things under control. There are those who say water changes are hard on livestock but it is rarely as hard as living in bad water.
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Prime does detoxify, but not remove ammonia as plantedrich says.
You can use it daily and your fish should be safe, but also as plantedrich says doing big water changes (with same temperature and treated water) is your best course of action.
Your filter/tank should be converting the ammonia to nitrates though so depending on how strong your tank cycle is it might/should convert it all over some amount of time.
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The little pellets...I'm assuming perhaps you used Osmocote?


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