04-15-2011, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Cassandra90
I tested my water in the buckets that I have been letting sit out for 24 hours. The ammonia reads 00ppm for them, and the Ph is 7ppm.
Then I tested my tank again and the Ph has gone down to 6.5ppm and the ammonia levels went down a tad bit, to about 7ppm.
The pH is fine, the ammonia I still donot fathom.
The pH in an aquarium will normally lower as the water acidifies due to the natural processes. The hardnes sof the source water determines how fast this will occur. You can find out the hardness from your water supply people; that will tell us what to expect.
Good news is that with an acidic pH the ammonia will not hurt the fish. But that still doesn't explain where it is coming from. I wonder if it is in the ich medication? No idea, just a thought.
Are you using any plant fertilizer, and if so, which? They might contain nitrogen, ammonia is one form of nitrogen.