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KSASTER2 02-23-2010 10:09 AM

TAP WATER SAT FOR 24HRS for MY 30G PLANTED
 
Just waiting for my plants (from SA) to come and some misc equipment...but here's my tap water parameters.... Setup should be Fri


TEST STRAIGHT FROM THE TAP NO WAITING...

API MASTER TEST KIT

A. PH tesed so dark blue...that i used the hi range ph test and it tested 8.4... is this possible?

b. ammonia... 1.0

c. Nitrite.... 0

d. nitrate...0

retested ph on high range test and again 8.4

WATER LET SIT FOR 24HRS...

1. PH... 7.4 (confirmed on high range ph and reg. ph tet)

2. AMMONIA... 1.0

3. NITRITE... 0

4. NITRATE... 0

How doe this look... do I have anything to worry about?

thanks

fryup 02-23-2010 10:14 AM

hi....if your setting this tank up for fish then you NEED to get that amonia down to 0....amonia is a death wish for any fish....also if its for fish then purchase some tap safe or something as this will remove harmful toxins that could halm fish......but if you "planted" tank has only got plants in then this water is fine.....hope this helps :):):)

Byron 02-24-2010 01:11 PM

Those readings are for your tap water I understand. So that means there is ammonia in the tap water, which does occur in some parts of the country. Not to worry, I would use a water conditioner that detoxifies ammonia and you'll be fine; there are several brands. Most detoxify by changing ammonia to ammonium which is harmless, and with plants they need the ammonium as their preferred source of nitrogen. The water conditioner detoxifying ammonia just means when you do a water change with tap water the sudden influx of ammonia won't be harmful. Plants and bacteria use ammonium.

KSASTER2 02-24-2010 01:18 PM

Thanks Byron I'm will be using Prime to condition my tap water... I believe it detoxifies ammonia

Byron 02-24-2010 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KSASTER2 (Post 331526)
Thanks Byron I'm will be using Prime to condition my tap water... I believe it detoxifies ammonia

Yes.

Angel079 02-24-2010 04:08 PM

+1 on using Prime. Just know that even thou Prime detoxifies Ammonia you'll sill get a reading then testing ammonia as your test will pick up the ammonium; so more then likely unless something happens with your water there you'll always have a ammonia reading of 1 but its detoxified so no worries about your fish there.


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