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pinkdiamond96 03-17-2013 11:56 PM

ammonia in tap water
 
I have a established 55 gallon tank. My problem is I have 0.25 Ammonia in my tap water. I do weekly water changes on my tank and use prime but every time I test the water it still shows 0.25 Ammonia every time. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the ammonia so when I do the test it reads 0?

ao 03-18-2013 12:13 AM

prime binds the ammonia, but it can still be used by the biological filter. technically the ammonia is still there, just locked down and non toxic for 48 hours

pinkdiamond96 03-18-2013 12:47 AM

Ok, I understand that the Prime makes the ammonia non-toxic for 48 hours but what about after that? Should I be doing water changes every two days instead of weekly to make sure it stays non toxic or is there anything else that I can do to get rid of the ammonia ?

funkman262 03-18-2013 12:49 AM

As aokashi said, the ammonia will be consumed by the biological filter (aka beneficial bacteria) IF the tank is cycled. Typically, if any ammonia remains in the tank after some time, the tank is considered to not be cycled. There should be plenty of threads here detailing the specifics of what a cycle is and how it progresses if you're not familiar with that.

How long has the tank been set up for?

pinkdiamond96 03-18-2013 01:12 AM

My tank has been set up for a little over a year. I know about the cycling process. Im just confused as to how to get rid of the ammonia in my tank if my tap water already has ammonia and why after adding prime it still says 0.25 which is the same as my tap water. I figured after adding prime and waiting a few hours and testing it, it should read 0. I recently moved and here the ammonia in the tap water is 0.25 at my other place it was always 0 so I never had a problem with this until now.

Boredomb 03-18-2013 01:31 AM

Unless you buy a special test kit like Primes tells ya its still going to read ammonia on the rest kit. Its still harmless for 48hrs but its still going to read on the test. Like its been said the beneficial bacteria should take care of that within that time frame. I would test it 48hrs later and see if it is still showing ammonia or not. If it not then there's a problem. Other things you can do is add real plants. Ammonia is a food source to them and they will readily take it in.

Boredomb 03-18-2013 02:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 1473158)
Unless you buy a special test kit like Primes tells ya its still going to read ammonia on the rest kit. Its still harmless for 48hrs but its still going to read on the test. Like its been said the beneficial bacteria should take care of that within that time frame. I would test it 48hrs later and see if it is still showing ammonia or not. If it not then there's a problem. Other things you can do is add real plants. Ammonia is a food source to them and they will readily take it in.

I meant to say if it is showing ammonia after 48 hrs then there's a problem. Then you need to look at other means. Sorry its late.

pinkdiamond96 03-18-2013 02:28 AM

I figured that was what you meant to say. lo l Thanks :)

Boredomb 03-18-2013 02:52 AM

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Originally Posted by pinkdiamond96 (Post 1473182)
I figured that was what you meant to say. lo l Thanks :)

LoL okay just wanted to make sure you knew what I meant.
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rjordan390 03-18-2013 06:04 AM

Check out "Seachems" ammonia test kit. It will test for toxic and non toxic ammonia. All the other test kits on the market test for total ammonia. Its possible your test kit is reading the non toxic ammonia.


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