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PostPosted: 2012.02.26(Sun)20:16    Post subject: Tap water and ammonia Reply with quote

I've noticed a lot of people have some ammonia in tap water. I do too. Usually between 0-.50 ppm. I usually use bottled water and rainwater. What do I do when I run short of those and have to add a little tap water. I don't like using all these chemicals and neutralizers, but how do I handle this situation?
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PostPosted: 2012.02.27(Mon)3:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smaller changes more often. A mature filter will process the ammonia and although the nitrates in the tank may not reduce much at each change there are other fish products that will be diluted.
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PostPosted: 2012.02.27(Mon)8:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Water changes I can do. But your saying that my filter and nitrates should handle the little tap water I may use. I usually just do it occasionally and just in small amounts. If I need a neutralizer, what do you recommend and I dilute it first.
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PostPosted: 2012.02.29(Wed)7:38    Post subject: Ammonia in tap water. Reply with quote

If I need to neutrak=lize a small ammount of ammonia in tank once in a while from well water, Which product do you recommend? This would be for a 10 and 20 gallon tanks. Normally use bottled spring water with tested rainwater, but occasionally need to top off with a little tap water that has been sitting around.
Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.01(Thu)3:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mature filter will cope with a small amount of ammonia for small, <10%, water changes.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.01(Thu)4:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good to know. Last time I added a small amount of tap water, it didn't change reading of ammnia or nitrates. They both stayed in normal ranges. 0 ammonia and Nitrates 20-30. That is with shrimp in tank too. Thanks.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.01(Thu)5:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you use Seachem's Prime as a dechlorinator, it will also detoxify the ammonia for a day. Should be processed by the filter by then.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.01(Thu)6:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fhank you for quick response. I have prime on hand. It rained here, so I have a pretty good supply of rainwater. My Betta loves the rainwater best.
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