02-28-2013, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by JDM
If the water has been treated with chloramine (NH2Cl) the prime removes the chlorine and releases the ammonia which it then converts to ammonium... so if city water has been added and treated with Prime, there will be a higher concentration of ammonia/ammonium over and above the combined tap water and tank water content. All the ammonia will show up on the test, toxic or not.
If that ammonium is not removed it will convert back to toxic ammonia in the ratio determined by the pH after the 24-48 hour detox time. The lower the pH, the less of a concern it may be.
Yes, I misspoke regarding the removal of chlorine, which creates ammonia that Prime converts to ammonium for 24-48 hrs. My point however, was that the low pH makes ammonia non toxic, but a sudden increase in pH could cause a problem.