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Exclamation Ammonia with PH 5.9

I am trying to figure something out here.
I have set up my new Aquariums around a month and a half ago, and I still have Ammonia in the Aquariums.
What I did was call a local Shrimp breed here in Germany and asked the question.

If my NH4 is reading 1 with a PH of 5.9~6.1 will this affect my Shrimp inside the Aquarium?

His Reply was no, he said that with my PH below 7 this will have no affect on my Shrimp at all.

Is this true?

I am using RO water not tap FYI

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Below a pH of 8, it is likely that you will have very little NH3 (ammonia) and mostly NH4 (ammonium). I have heard that ammonium is much more difficult for the bacteria to be able consume than ammonia. So, the cycle may take much longer.
Ammonium is supposedly less toxic than ammonia, but still toxic. My suggestion would be to be patient and wait until your ammonia /ammonium is zero as well as nitrites 0.

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I am trying to figure something out here.
I have set up my new Aquariums around a month and a half ago, and I still have Ammonia in the Aquariums.
What I did was call a local Shrimp breed here in Germany and asked the question.

If my NH4 is reading 1 with a PH of 5.9~6.1 will this affect my Shrimp inside the Aquarium?

His Reply was no, he said that with my PH below 7 this will have no affect on my Shrimp at all.

Is this true?

I am using RO water not tap FYI

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And at lower temps there is even less nh3 present.
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Based off this Chart, I shouldn´t have a Problem adding Shrimp to my Aquariums?
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Well, the charts represent free ammonia. What they don't show is ammonium. At lower pHs, you will have nearly all NH4. It all comes down to how toxic ammonium will be to your shrimp. While not AS toxic, it's still toxic. Your test kit measures total amines, which would be ammonia and ammonium. I'd avoid shrimp until you get to zero total ammonia /ammonium

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Well it is too late to avoid Shrimp. I have one Amano Shrimp in each tank, and they are doing Great. Just as good as the ones in my main planted Aquarium. They have been in their since the first week of Setup.
I was cleaning my external filter and found them inside, because my lily pipe broke. I decided to put them in the two Aquariums, in case they died. I did not want them to die in the main Aquarium and not be able to find them.

Bump: I have a post "Ever seen a blue Amano Shrimp" which are the ones inside These two Aquariums. Check it out
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