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slight ammonia in new tank
Old 08-28-2013, 10:08 PM   #11
 
yeah I checked after doing the water change, the tap water is at 0 ppm. Im starting to think that cause the new filter and media there just isn't enough bacteria to neutralize the ammonia and I need to slow down and be a little more patient at this point, none of the fish have died or show signs of stress there all happy and very active. It just bugs me to know that its not right...
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:01 PM   #12
 
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thanks for all the advice marshall, I got the api test kit and the parameters all look good except the still fighting with a tiny trace ammonia...\

PH is between 7.4 and 7.6
Nitrites are at 0
Nitrates are at 0
and ammonia is at just under 0.5ppm
and no more cloudiness to the water.

This is all after the second water change.
Are you talking about the white fog? If so,IME, that means you have bacteria eating ammonia. If your API test kit is like mine it will appear to show small amounts of ammonia while actually it means 0. It's an oddity with that kit but you'll get used to it. If your sand stayed wet when changing you may have good bacteria on it.

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Old 08-29-2013, 10:26 AM   #13
 
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If your API test kit is like mine it will appear to show small amounts of ammonia while actually it means 0.
REALLY?! Cause my kit keeps saying something around 0.1, in both tap and tank, so this could actually be a 0 reading? That would be awesome!
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:23 AM   #14
 
I had an ammonia issue when my 20 gal tank was getting established also. I added about 10-15 plants and some root tabs to help fertilize them and after about a week my ammonia problem was fixed.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:57 AM   #15
 
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REALLY?! Cause my kit keeps saying something around 0.1, in both tap and tank, so this could actually be a 0 reading? That would be awesome!
As I remember the lowest reading above 0 on the api test kit is .25 ppm.

As long as your fish are doing fine I wouldn't worry.

Especially if you just added some plants.


What I would not do is add chemicals most especially ammonia locks/dechlorinators. Especially if you already have. The ammonia you are reading could be totally "locked" up and safe. Adding more chemicals will not only not reduce the "safe" ammonia but continued use will lock up oxygen and possibly suffocate the fish.


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Old 08-29-2013, 12:03 PM   #16
 
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REALLY?! Cause my kit keeps saying something around 0.1, in both tap and tank, so this could actually be a 0 reading? That would be awesome!
Yes with my API kit even on a tank that's been healthy for 1 1/2 years , my test never matches 0 completely.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:16 PM   #17
 
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As I remember the lowest reading above 0 on the api test kit is .25 ppm.
That is true, but the color on mine is yellow, but not as bright as 0, so I'm estimating here.
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Yes with my API kit even on a tank that's been healthy for 1 1/2 years , my test never matches 0 completely.
You cannon BELIEVE how relieved that makes me feel!!
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:09 PM   #18
 
That's awesome from the sounds of it ive been freaking out over nothing lol
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:27 PM   #19
 
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Always better safe than sorry, but in my experience, the key card for the API kit can vary slightly from card to card. I've found that the ones printed individually are a better match than the all-inclusive one you get with the Master Freshwater kit. If there is ammonia, you will see green. Even the slightest tint of green is worth taking note of. Clean water is always yellow, beautiful yellow! ^.^ If you aren't sure, it helps to put the test on a white piece of paper, if the green is slight you can open the vial and look down through the top. It's easier to see it that way.

Paranoid fish-keeper checking in ^.~

Ammonia in a tank is ALWAYS worth freaking out about, no matter how little there is! (imo!)
I hope you have yellow, BK!

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:15 PM   #20
 
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My first API test kit read bright yellow at 0.0ppm ammonia. Tests since then have not quite measured as bright. They seem to vary slightly from kit to kit. (My wife, the artist, has excellent color discrimination.)

Chesh is right. The color cards vary. Find a guarenteed 0.0ppm water source. Test it. Then use that test tube as reference/baseline.

My best look is to hold the test tube in front of a 6500K light bulb.
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