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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ammonia levels in tap water

Ive been cycling my tank with tap water with Prime. Today I thought I would check the ammonia levels in my tap water with an API ammonia test kit. The result was the tap water has ammonia at 1 ppm! Is that normal? I live in Harbor City, CA and didnt think there would be any readable ammonia in the tap water. I thought it may be the kit so I tested some bottled water and it read 0. Should I switch to RO water or distilled water? Im thinking that I should stop using the tap water immediately.
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That is likely from chloramine additions to the water. Chloramine= chlorine+ammonia. Once you have a stable biofilter, it shouldn't be a problem. You will always have to treat the water with a high quality dechlorinator such as the Prime you are using.


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I don't know if your on city or well water but i have a well and my tap comes with ammonia at 2ppm. So no chlorine or anything else. No one could figure out to why i have this problem but regardless my fish do fine.


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