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Old 09-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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When making Salt post mix, adding salt increases Ammonia

Hi Guys,

I'm trying to mix a 20L bucket of salt water. Please see the following findings:

ammonia levels in fresh water results
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Before adding de-chlorinating agent ammonia level was 0ppm
After adding de-chlorinating agent ammonia level was 0ppm
After adding Ultimate Aqua Care Salt ammonia level was 0.25ppm
After adding the Salt the Specific Gravity was 1.024
Re-measured the same water after 3 hours, the ammonia level was 0.25ppm

Is the above result expected? should I expect an increase in ammonia after adding salt mix into the water? Does this mean I have some bad salt powder?

Your help is appreciated, because I need to start a daily 15% pwc to reduce some ammonia levels in my nano reef tank.

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I've never heard of that brand salt. It is possible it has some impurities (ammonia) in it.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:52 PM   #3
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Thanks Larry,

So from what I gather the salt should not contain ammonia. I'll see if I can get another brand such as NeoMarine from BrightwellAquatics.

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Why are you using a declorinator? Are you using RO water?
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Yep, the salt mix should NOT be producing any ammonia. :-(

I would swap salt like you plan and go from there.
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I would also change the salt,I cant even find it on the net,who makes it?
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Instant ocean is the brand I'm using, not bad, and yes, salt don't contain any ammonia! But maybe other stuff in your bucket have them. When I first started tank, I got high ammonia during my cycle, and nothing was in my tank, only water...... No one could explain it.....
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