After performing several tests, I've come to realize that the 100g of salt water I made recently contains traces of ammonia, .25ppm to be exact. I've already used this water to fill my 92g tank last week. I obvioulsy expected to have ammonia readings in the tank a week later but I didn't expect to have readings in my source water (I still have 20g of the source water mixed up in a 55g plastic drum with airstones and pumps keeping it circulating)
The source water was made using ro
water from my recently purchased spectrapure maxcap ro
unit and Instant Ocean sea salt (the salt was from an unopened box I bought a few years ago and never used. I didn't see an expiration date listed so I'm assuming that's not the problem)
My city may use chloromines in the tap water and thought maybe the ro
unit wasn't doing it's job but the water I tested right from the filter shows ammonia at 0ppm.
considering the time and tap water it took to make the source water in question, I'm hesitant to start over. I guess my questions are: 1) does it matter that the water I used to fill the tank over a week ago probably contained some ammonia (.25ppm) seeing how you need ammonia to start the cycling process and 2) what can I do to avoid having traces of ammonia in my salt water going forward?