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Old 01-16-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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My tap water tests between .25 and .5 for ammonia. Do I need to buy safe water? I'm about to start cycling a new tank.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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Ammonia. In my tap water. A little help here please.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:46 AM   #3
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Did you test after adding prime?
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My tap water tests between .25 and .5 for ammonia. Do I need to buy safe water? I'm about to start cycling a new tank.
Hello h2....

You can use your tap water. Seachem has a product called "Safe" that will detoxify the ammonia. You can also use ammonia removing padded filter media. Acurel has a very good product. I wouldn't go to the expense of using filtered water.

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Thanks! So the test will still show ammonia, but it is not harmful at that point because it's neutralized? Cycling will still work the same? I'm new and this is a variable I am not sure about. Thanks again for your help.
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Thanks! So the test will still show ammonia, but it is not harmful at that point because it's neutralized? Cycling will still work the same? I'm new and this is a variable I am not sure about. Thanks again for your help.
Hello again h2...

The Seachem product is a white powder. It will remove the ammonia on contact with the tap water. I'm old fashioned and still use 5 gallon buckets when I do my water changes. I just add the amount suggested on the label to the bucket as it fills and that water goes directly into the tank.

The "nitrogen cycle" won't be affected.

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