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Old 02-02-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Ammonia in my tap water, now what?

I've been battling with ammonia for some time now. No matter what I did I couldn't get the ammonia to zero. So I tested the water directly from the tap and low and behold it's positive for ammonia. Not quite .25 but close.
What am I suppose to do to get rid of the tap ammonia? So I can get rid ammonia in the tank?
This is really frustrating.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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I would invest in water storage. Move tap water there and treat it with water conditioner, leave it it storage after treatment for a few days before you use it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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I would invest in water storage. Move tap water there and treat it with water conditioner, leave it it storage after treatment for a few days before you use it.
That is how I used to do all my water changes. But, because of my disability I had to invest in a water changer, as I can no longer lug buckets around.
I used to store up to 100g at a time. It's just not feasible at this time. Plus with the water changer I never have any temp. changes during PWC. That really helps decrease the fishes stress.
Any other ideas, that don't involve lifting?
It's all I can do to keep up with the daily PWC on 4 tanks without hand carrying that much water.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my post. It is much appreciated
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Are you on city water or well ?
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That is how I used to do all my water changes. But, because of my disability I had to invest in a water changer, as I can no longer lug buckets around.
I used to store up to 100g at a time. It's just not feasible at this time. Plus with the water changer I never have any temp. changes during PWC. That really helps decrease the fishes stress.
Any other ideas, that don't involve lifting?
It's all I can do to keep up with the daily PWC on 4 tanks without hand carrying that much water.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my post. It is much appreciated
I'd invest in a pond pump with safety shutoff, drop it into the water container and use it to pump the water into your tank when refilling.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:19 PM   #6
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Are you on city water or well ?
I wish I were on well water. Most of the well water around here is really good. But alas I'm on city water.
I must admit, I was a little shocked to find ammonia in my tap water. Is it normal to find ammonia in the city water supply?
Before I knew anything about cycling an Aquarium and I kept my tanks and filters to clean, it was a lot less work.
I've been trying to get my 4 tanks to cycle for a little over a month. The only thing that's changed is, I have more ammonia in 3 tanks and now I have a nitrite problem in the 4Th tank.
So instead of cleaning my tanks to much once a week. I now have to do PWC in 4 tanks every day and sometimes 3 times a day to keep the nitrites below .25ppm. My life is now consumed with doing PWC to keep the ammonia and nitrite below .25ppm, because I don't want my fish to be poisoned by toxic water.
I thought that tank maintenance was suppose to get easier with this cycling thing, WHEN?
My fish were healthier, happier and less stressed before I knew anything about cycling a tank. Now everyday I'm fighting to eliminate toxic water, my fish are not happy and they are a lot more stress than ever before.
I'm hoping to find a way to fix this that doesn't involve heavy lifting or investing a lot of money. Mainly because I don't have any money to invest right now.
The transmission on our car blew just before Christmas and now we have a car payment. I'm on a fixed income, any extra money I use to have for may tanks are now going to the car payment and increased insurance.
The heaters, filters, air pumps and stones have all been replaced in the last 6 months, so I won't need to worry about those for a while. I even had to replace the hoods and lights. So I'm set on those, but extras are out of the question for now.
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I pulled up my cities water report online. There is no ammonia anywhere in that report. I would call the water department, Somethings up. Unless they really do use ammonia, I would hope not. / Call them they have to disclose their water reports. It's Free

If you were here I'd come over everyday to help you. So sorry GOD Bless You

http://esa21.kennesaw.edu/modules/wa...health-epa.pdf

Here is your water company.
http://www.mc-power.com/pdf/CCRpdf.pdf

I don't see anywhere in their report saying the use ammonia in the water. I would call them to come out and test the water out of the TAP.
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I pulled up my cities water report online. There is no ammonia anywhere in that report. I would call the water department, Somethings up. Unless they really do use ammonia, I would hope not. / Call them they have to disclose their water reports. It's Free

If you were here I'd come over everyday to help you. So sorry GOD Bless You

http://esa21.kennesaw.edu/modules/wa...health-epa.pdf

Here is your water company.
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I don't see anywhere in their report saying the use ammonia in the water. I would call them to come out and test the water out of the TAP.
That is an incredibly kind thought, thank you. This all started to help my grandson with his Aspergers. I never thought it would become what it has.
It's not all bad, we really do love all our fish and not only have they helped my grandson with calming down they help me too. At least when I'm not breaking my back with PWC.
When things are going well they emit such tranquility for us both.
I will check in with the water company first thing tomorrow to find out about the ammonia.
It could be something just in our pipes I suppose. I'll let you know.
Many Blessing to you too.
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You too brother keep us posted..

I see you have good taste in fish to.
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