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Old 10-21-2004, 05:30 PM   #21
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You can also get a membrane from your LFS that will process more RO water volume. Because of my tank size, I got a membrane rated at 30 gallons a day.
If you unit allows it, you could just change the membrane.
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Old 10-21-2004, 05:56 PM   #22
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It surely would not be good for the fish, don't get me wrong. But if you put a damsel (for ex) in a new tank and cycle (as they did back in the dark ages) you can get readings this high and they will often survive. The biggest factor is how quick it changes - dropping from a bag straight in to a tank with this level is more shocking than putting one in a tank that ramped itself up over 3 days.

Pls understand I in no way condone or encourage this. - During my initial shipment of pacific LR my nh3/nh4 stayed at 7.0 for 10 days and many of the hitchhiking inverts survived.

My LFS tried to sell me damsels during that cycle, when I said no it'll stress the fish they stated "they'll be fine, and it will speed things up "

Just my 2c.

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Please explain this. I was thinking that ammonia that high would have the fish showing signs of problems at the very least. I figured he'd be swimming upside down.
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Old 10-21-2004, 06:28 PM   #23
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For emergency situations, you could always buy distilled water. Around here, I can find it for as little as $0.60/gal. Some places, you can bring in your own container and get it for even cheaper.
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Old 10-21-2004, 11:28 PM   #24
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so, can I wait for another week or so and see if my ammonia level drop???
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I would NOT. But that's just me.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:36 AM   #26
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Agree with Gerald, I would do the water changes and try to get it down. Use whatever (good) water you have on hand.
Also, check with your LFS, many of them sell RO water.
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:23 AM   #27
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i just got home and check the level again for ammonia, it's still high 8.0
Im doing water changes as I post this message. I'm squezzzzing all the water out of my RO and It's not enough and just realize I dont have saltmix dang!!!
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Go see about changing the membrane. I had to do the same thing. Where did you get the RO unit from?
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Or just run to the grocery store and use the RO machine at 30 cents a gallon.
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DONE!!!
Scrubbed as much as I can and I did about 10% water change(That's all I had in the RO) Didn't want to go grocery(lazy). Is tap water bad??for any aquarium? Can I do more water change tomorrow maybe another 10% ???

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