Originally Posted by Little-Fizz
That is actually pretty interesting... What I'm wondering though, putting the fish aside... Yourself! I would be really mad if my city/town had ammonia in my tap water. I can understand if you don't drink it... But I'm sure other people do. Even your dog or cat, and I don't usually use bottled water for cooking? In my opinion if you drink it or not, it shouldn't be there. It's like your city feeding you poison slowly over time. I would be angry and call them no matter what.
Our water here is garbage... and we do not drink it. Were "on the bottle"... LOL. We do have an R/O at the sink, and have a pre-filter on the water main into the house. Filling the 55 would have taken forever...so tap it is. I did not test the water prior to using it to fill the tank. That is my error.
I did use ammonia removing tablets...and that got it down to the last stated PPM.
In addition I also filled one of the filter slot's with the appropriate dose of this product:
The tank has become increasingly cloudy since filling, and I am not sure why. I am on duty today at the Firehouse, so time did not afford me the chance to test the water this morning.
The tank was (as the prior pics show) pretty clear on the initial fill. I assumed it would start out cloudy from the substrate... but I did put down a lot of gravel over the ECO Complete &Sand substrate...so maybe it's finally leaching out past the gravel bed, and being filtered.
I will be doing the partial water changes with distilled from here on out, until I get the quality and PH where I want it...then go for cycling the tank from there. I planned on using live fish(feeder guppies, ect) to cycle the tank when it's ready.
Please correct me if this is the wrong way, or there is a better way of completing this.