02-26-2011, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakiebabie
Hi Volt! Good to hear from you again! now don't get discouraged ok>?
Cycling can take 6-8 weeks. a few questions...
You tested the water straight from the tap and you are getting 2? Not .2? Is this city water, well water? Ammonia is a result of decomposing matter.... I would not be driinking that water if I were you if it is 2. Even .2..... that is what chlorine is for to kill all that. Someone help me here but tap water should be 0 ammonia, am I wrong? Mine is .25 often but I have 15 fish in a 75 gal. and I tend to overfeed so my ammonia sits a bit higher and I vacuum my gravel with each water change. Are you using any kind of additive ie good bactieria or ammonia fighter? probably not at this point.
Test it again tomorrow, straight out of the tap ok and let us know.
Just keep doing what you are doing till we sort this out. Try to come into chat with us in the evenings. if you can get in. Takes at least 10 posts to be allowed in but you can chat with us in there. talk soon!
The tap water is definitely 2.0 in ammonia. I live near NYC so I suppose it is 'city water.'
I was told to use this product called "Cycle" which will apparantly lower the ammonia but I have yet to know anything about it.
The other day I used these two things called TetraAqua AquaSafe and API Stress Coat + which came with my tank but they did not seem to do anything.