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Old 06-14-2006, 12:37 PM   #1
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Ammonia reading in new water

Hi, I am getting a total ammonia reading of 0.25-0.5 from my AP or SC kit. The SC shows free ammonia of 0.01-0.05. I am getting this reading from brand new RO/Distilled water after I add the salt mix. I was using Coralife but switched to Instant O, same result. The salt is mixing for 4 days, temp 76-78 w/airstones. I have been doing 20gl/1 wk because I thought I had an ammonia problem. The readings are the same in the tank. 90gl FOwLR 14 weeks old, nitrite 0.0 nitrate 0 ph 8.3 sal 10.023 temp 78-80 p04 0.25. I only have 4 small fish, 2 stars, crabs, snails & feed sparingly.
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what are you using as a declor? I hear Cloramines will show up as positive Ammonia on test kits if not broken down.
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after I add the salt mix.
What about before you add the salt?

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I hear Cloramines will show up as positive Ammonia on test kits if not broken down.
I have heard city water adds stuff that can give a "false" reading for ammonia...
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I am using RO+Distilled water. there is no chlorine or chloramine
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