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What is going on - new tank ?
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garnpet
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)19:19    Post subject: What is going on - new tank ? Reply with quote

I purchased a used 48 gallon tank last week which contained a truck load of plants. It also included a Fluval 303 filter. The tank was dismanteled on a Saturday and setup in my house the same day.

After 2 days of running I tested the water before starting to cycle the tank. The level of ammonia is currently 1 ppm without doing anything to start the cycle process. Is this normal?

Where is the ammonia coming from? Should I be concerned about the filter? The plants are not doing well, can this add to the ammonia level?
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)19:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the plants have brown edges, or look sickly otherwise, they could be adding to the ammonia level (rotting organic matter).

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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)19:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tap water where I live has .25-.50 ppm of Ammonia.

Have you tested yours?
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)20:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tested the tap water and it is between .25 and .5 ppm ammonia. That might explain a few things!

Also the plants being in the shape they are might explain the higher than .5 ppm reading.

Thanks for the ideas.
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