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post #1 of 11 Old 10-14-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tap water with ammonia

I need some help, and need to know how concerned I should be.

After repeatedly dealing with moderate ammonia spikes over the last year I finally wised up and tested my tap water. Right out of the tap I have .5 ppm of ammonia. I use a combination of prime and stress coat as my water conditioners. I also use a Seachem ammonia monitor which test for the more harmful levels of ammonia and after every water change I see an increase for a few days to .05 ppm on the ammonia monitor. The fish always seem fine and not affected by the few days of ammonia increase.

Along with the Seachem monitor I use an API total ammonia test kit.

Its a 55 gallon tank so unless I spend a fortune every week on water im not sure what to do to remove ammonia from the tap water.

Looking for some advice on what to do about the tap water????????

Its a 55 gallon running two Aqua Clear 70's, no live plants, and a mix of platty's and guppies totaling around 12 adult fish. I reduce feedings to only 1 small portion per day for a few days following water changes.

Other water parameters: temp 78, nitrate always tests 5-15, nitrite always 0, KH 80, PH 6.8-7.4, GH75.

Thanks for any advice.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-14-2011, 06:33 PM
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Live plants!! While it wont take away the initial ammonia it will help reduce its volume quicker (hopefully by the time the prime wears off) other then that you will be looking for some way to filter your water such as in RO/DI or staging the water change the day before in a bucket and moving a filter over from your tank to let it get a head start on the ammonia.

On the bright side you are not heavily stocked at all so the steps you've taken are a good first step.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-14-2011, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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My next question is are there any types of plants to avoid with guppies and platties? If not I am off to the LFS first thing in the morning to become an aqua farmer. This should be fun, Ive been keeping and breeding guppies for years in this tank but have always been afraid to try live plants.

Wish me luck, and thanks for the advice.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-14-2011, 06:52 PM
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Nope guppies and platys are pretty plant safe, just make sure you get pure aquatic plants, and for be ammonia absorbing get fast growing plants like anacharis, hornswort, duckweed, etc.

btw welcome to TFK, before you head to the store to get plants run over to our plant section and read the four part post at the top by byron, it will help you along and help make keeping a planted tank easier to understand.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-14-2011, 09:50 PM
Continue to use Prime as it will detox the ammonia and your bio-filtration will easily remove.
Stop using StressCoat as you don't need it if you're using Prime.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-15-2011, 10:53 AM
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Continue to use Prime as it will detox the ammonia and your bio-filtration will easily remove.
Stop using StressCoat as you don't need it if you're using Prime.
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-15-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Put a half dozen live plants in today and in about six hours all ammonia levels were absolutely zero. You guys are the best. Thank You.

I'll wait till next weeks water change and see exactly how long it takes prime/live plant combo to remove the .5ppm from the tap water now.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-15-2011, 09:42 PM
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Put a half dozen live plants in today and in about six hours all ammonia levels were absolutely zero. You guys are the best. Thank You.

I'll wait till next weeks water change and see exactly how long it takes prime/live plant combo to remove the .5ppm from the tap water now.
Just a note that Prime detoxifies ammonia, nitrites and nitrates, but that doesn't mean removal.

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-16-2011, 12:24 AM
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Anacharis and Anubias are great plants, they are planted in my 10g and 60g. My tap water initially has ammonia... and the plants seem to handle that effectively. I've had my platy for months now, and they are swimming happily.

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-17-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help. Ive been lurking here for a very long time and just now got to asking some questions, some really great advice on here.
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