Amquel Plus

Amquel Plus

I also bought a bottle of Amquel Plus the other day. But I haven’t used it, and don’t seem to need to use it, but that one touch of nitrate, that is so low though, I don’t want to interrupt if a cycling is occurring, but wonder if getting rid of any trace of it may help.

Prime is all I’ve been using. I really hated to use it though because it stinks so bad, but so many people say it’s so good for cycling and water changes. Wish I had it on hand when I had that reading of ammonia. Wanted to let you know I have it now. I remember you asking me if I had Prime or Amquel. This is actually Amquel Plus. It’s all they had.

2017-10-15T21:45:44+00:00

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  1. Venus October 15, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Yes, it stinks; that’s for sure, but that’s the sulfur you’re smelling. Water treatment is a combination of chemicals that can be dangerous for fish if overused. It converts toxins to a safe form, but doesn’t eliminate them. You’ll still get a precise reading when testing. This is were the trouble starts. The fish keeper may think the toxin is still harming the fish, using more and more water treatment in an effort to eliminate the toxin

    If you have any reading for ammonia or nitrite, you should be using water treatment to convert. If your cycle is complete, you won’t get a reading for either toxin. Ammonia is the first toxin to form, and is created from the waste your fish produce. The ammonia attracts beneficial bacteria; it’s their food source. The convert the ammonia into nitrites. When nitrites is present another type of friendly bug comes along to feed on it, converting it into nitrates, the third and final toxin to be converted in the cycle. Unless you have algae or another plant that feeds on nitrates, they will be present; this is normal

    However, if your fish have been poisoned by nitrates, meaning the levels were too high for too long, it may be beneficial to reduce levels, but doing so can cause a spike if it’s not done properly. Exchanging too much water at one time upsets the balance. The water you remove contains the food source for beneficial bacteria. Ammonia and nitrites are being converted as the toxins are being produced

    Yes, Amquel Pluse converts nitrates as well as ammonia and nitrite, but just how much is unclear. We know that a single dose converts 2. ppm of ammonia and nitrite, so it’s likely that 10 ppm of nitrates will be converted by the same amount. Problem is, we don’t know if a single dose will convert 2.ppm of ammonia and nitrite, as well as 10 ppm of nitrates. It will probably take more to get the job done. You can use up to two doses per water change safely. This is why we don’t depend on the water treatment to convert nitrates

    Since the nitrates are really low, there’s nothing to worry about. I would say your fish will feel fine with nitrate readings of 5 to 10 ppm; just keep them consistently at these levels. What could be dangerous is allowing nitrates to rise, and then performing a large water change. Exchange small amounts more often

    Be consistent with water changes and feeding for a consistent cycle. Avoid over cleaning pumps and filters. Rinse sponges in old tank water regularly, not inconsistently

    I’m not sure if you’ve read the 10 steps; maybe not, but please do. You’ll learn all about the cycle, and how to perform a safe water change

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