Originally Posted by Elvis
I have been tracking the water for 3 days now and readings have been pretty steady.
Its always Ammonia 0.25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5.0-10.0
I just finally tested the tap water and it turns out that it almost has more Ammonia than the tank water.
Reading was close to 0.50 definitely more green than the tank water.
If Ammonia kills fish should I do something to the tap water before adding it or will the filter take care of it? Also since I'm getting no Nitrite readings but am getting Nitrate readings does that mean my filter is established?
This is now making sense, it explains the ammonia reading in the tank when you have nitrates.
I would recommend a water conditioner that detoxifies ammonia; there are several, just make sure it says this. Conditioners should work (at detoxifying whatever they detoxify) for about 24 hours. This handles the initial ammonia influx at a water change. Conditioners detoxify ammonia by changing it to ammonium, which as I mentioned earlier is harmless. Bacteria and plants use ammonium/ammonia interchangeably so by the second day the plants (if there are any) and bacteria should be fine at dealing with the added ammonia.
On the nitrite, probably. Unless there is also nitrate in tap water. I would test the tap water on its own for nitrite and nitrate, again just to know. And if you are using the API liquid nitrate test, shake regent #2 for 2 minutes (rather than the 30 seconds in the instructions), otherwise you may well get an inaccurate and high reading.