02-21-2011, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
It is possible your ammonia test kit is not accurate (not sure of the time exactly but they do have a shelf life and if more than a year old I would question it). Odd the store won't test ammonia, that is rather basic to know.
Have you checked your tap water for ammonia? This may be the source.
Prime is a water conditioner, so it should only be used at water changes, not more often as some sort of "fix it." Just so you know.
The plants will grab ammonia/ammonium. And Pufferfish22 was correct on that issue.
Before any decision to put more products (buffers, ammonia things...) in the tank, the source of the ammonia should be ascertained.
Not related, but evaporation of 2 gallons ever week from a covered tank is not natural. Are you sure it is this much? That is quite a lot of water, like a pail full.
I live in an apartment without a humidifier attached to the furnace and I see that kind of evaporation all the time because the air in my apartment is so dry. I would say that my 20gal evaporates about 1.5gal a week and my 10 loses about 1 gal, both are covered. I don't know if that is the issue for him, but it is definitely possible.