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Old 04-27-2006, 01:32 PM   #11
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ive had it about a year and its aquarium pharicuticals. i guess im not sure about ammonia test, ill stop buy the store and get some bottled water to test it against. i know the other ones are working well though. i dont get it either, but if it is the test, then i cant explain where this stuff is coming from in the tank then, or the freshly made sw......... ill test it against bottled and see tho....
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:34 PM   #12
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I would be concerned if my tap had NH3 or NO2. In short if that is correct something is rotting in the water supply. I would def check it with a second test.
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:55 PM   #13
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So how long do u let it stand? forutunatley I honly have a 40gallons tank so 20% would only 8 gallons, still thats everal buckets...

Your saying I should mix the water in several buckets and put a powerhead ineach bucket for 24hrs? I assume i need to put a heater in each bucket too??

Please let me know if this is being over safe, or if this is what is 'required'
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It would be cheaper and easier to buy a tote or trash can and mix the water together with one pump and one heater. They have 32 gallon trash cans at lowes/walmart for under $10 I think I saw 10 gallon totes for less than $5. Yes letting the water mix and absorb O2 is necessary.
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ok, so i tested the ammonia in bottled water and got 0. the water out of the faucets (kitchen with ro/di and bathroom) are testing between 1-2.... yuck. what do i do? arent ro/di units supposed to get rid of ammonia in tap water? is it the cholamines showing up as ammonia?
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:08 PM   #16
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well to make a long story short, it turns out that my ro/di water has ammonia in it
If this is really the case you have very unpleasant tapwater, but I find it hard to believe - tapwater with measurable ammoniac is, erm, bordering on the impossible unless you live in a 3rd-world country. Furthermore, (heavy) ammonia molecules won't pass an RO filter. Maybe you should check your NH3 tests?
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:52 PM   #17
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is it the cholamines showing up as ammonia
I sure hope so. I can not imagine tap water having NH3 in it like that. I am not sure which brand of NH3 test is not affected by cholamines.
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the test kit is working, i checked it....... i dont know what to do........ other than buying bottled water again..........is there a water conditioner that will take it out so i can make the sw??
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is there a water conditioner that will take it out so i can make the sw??


The nh3 is probably showing up do to the chloramines in the tap but as stated by others the ro/di should remove all traces of it.
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so in other words, my ro/di is a peice of poo.. lol. ill have to have someone look at it...... thanks, i will get some prime for now, until i have the ro/di looked at......
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