Ammonia in tap water - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 71
Ammonia in tap water

Forgive the newb question, but I'm not sure what to do. I am cycling a tank at the moment and have not been able to get the ammonia level below .25ppm despite the high level of nitrites and nitrates I'm currently registering, so I did a test on the water straight from the tap and it is 1ppm. I know this isn't good. Is using distilled water an option if I add ferts to make up for the nutrients that won't be in the water?
amajoh is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 04:13 PM
Wannabe Guru
m00se's Avatar
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 1,480
Your test is reading ammonia in the form of chloramines. Your city water uses it instead of chlorine to disinfect your water. You can google it and read all about it. Basically you need one of these products to reduce the chloramines to harmless:

(Safe is the powdered version of Prime and is MUCH cheaper PER USE but more $$ to buy)

Pick one. Be aware that SOME chloramine removing products contain polymers that will ruin resin-based charcoal substitutes like Purigen. Read your labels.

I am lucky. I live where there's no chloramines, so I get a pound of sodium thiosulfate and make my own dechlor that lasts me about a year for $4.
m00se is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 71
Wow, you are lucky. Thanks for the info!
amajoh is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome