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How to handle ammonia in tap water

I am helping a friend set up a tank. She has ammonia in her tap water - tests at .25ppm. What is the best way to handle that?
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Originally Posted by Niyona View Post
I am helping a friend set up a tank. She has ammonia in her tap water - tests at .25ppm. What is the best way to handle that?
Its normal reading on tap water. Just use prime as dechlorinator, this what they say - "Prime™ removes chlorine, chloramine and ammonia. Prime™ converts ammonia into a safe, non-toxic form that is readily removed by the tank’s biofilter. "

If you choose to use any ammonia removers its going to affect your biological filter.
The tank filter should be able to deal with .25ppm within a reasonable time.
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Also, you can do a fishless cycle. Prime or something like it will be necessary to neutralize Chlorine. Don't let her give in to the temptation to get too many fish.
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Depending on how you are starting the tank, you may be adding ammonia as food for the bacteria we need. And that amount may simply be a slight misread of the test. Nothing to worry about when starting.
What is the plan for starting? I might suggest one of the quicker, easier ways to get the cycle up and running it to share some old media from an already well established tank. If you have a tank that has been going for some time, moving some media from your tank to her tank is a great way to go.
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