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How often to add sea chem prime? 8 months 3 weeks ago #71509

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I have a new Albino Oscar, our first Oscar, and he is messy! I’m having to vacuum the waste out of his tank every day which takes out about 10% of the tanks water. My question is, since it’s says to add prime at every water change, should I be adding some every day after I vacuum? I want to make sure I am not over doing it or not doing it enough. Want to make sure I keep all the ammonia levels down for sure with an Oscar.
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How often to add sea chem prime? 8 months 3 weeks ago #71510

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If you have clorine in your water you need it to add between the evacuating and refilling.

But if your tank is covered in turds you have to less circulation.
What filtration setup do you run on what tank size? In some cases you just have to upgrade because you do to less Gph but you also can have massive filtration but with very soft circulation so that a small wave maker is the way to go
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How often to add sea chem prime? 8 months 3 weeks ago #71511

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We just upgraded from a whisper 40 hob to a SunSun hw-302 canister filter. It does 264 gph on a 40 gallon tank.
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How often to add sea chem prime? 8 months 3 weeks ago #71513

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I'm a fan of Sunsun 302's. I've got 3 of them going on different tanks.

Problem is, a 40g tank is not big enough for a single oscar by themelves.

Also, if you're having to gravel vac every day, you are feeding too much.
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We will be upgrading to a 75 after he grows, he is only about 3 inches right now. The weird thing is that right now he hasn’t even eaten in the last 4 days, which is right after we put in the new filter. He didn’t eat for the first week or so after we got him either. He’s very peculiar and gets upset by change. So, it’s strange that he is even able to produce as much waste as he is, when he isn’t even eating right now.
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How often to add sea chem prime? 8 months 3 weeks ago #71515

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I'd go easy on the feeding and keep testing your water parameters with your liquid test kit until your sure the tank produces nothing but nitrates.

Keep up on your water changes and even if you only change 10% of the water, you need to treat for the whole 40g volume of the tank with Seachem Prime or Safe (granular form).
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Ok, so even if I have to do a 10% change everyday, still dose for the full 40 gallons?
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I don't usw this stuff because I am on a well and clorine os also not an problem in my country but you should at least add the amount of that you change maybe 50% more. So add seachem for 4 to 6 Gallons.
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Ok, sounds good. I will continue doing the water changes and add the sea chem prime for a dosage of 4-6 gallons. Hopefully it won’t be long before he gets used to the new filter and starts eating again, it’s driving my little boy nuts that he won’t eat again! These Oscars sure are moody fish! Haha!
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How often to add sea chem prime? 8 months 3 weeks ago #71522

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You should take a look at your city's water report. Its public knowledge and available online. Look for the actual amount of chlorine in your water. It may be very minimal, something well under 1ppm. Prime can dechlorinate up to 2ppm, neutralize ammonia for up to 48hrs. For a 10g w/c after vac, you may well be able to get away with no Prime at all, on a daily basis. Be very certain though. I also notice you are upgrading tanks "when he gets bigger". I strongly suggest doing that asap. Being in restrictive space will reduce growth rate, stress the fish. Even at 3ins, Oscar needs lots of room. He is at the stage where with proper care and space he could grow an inch per month, possibly a bit more. Help the lad out, get him a bigger house.
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