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Old 02-28-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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water/salt mixing problem

I am rather new to the saltwater aquarium and I have a question, I am mixing the salt and RO/DI water with a powerhead in a 29 gallon storage bin for 24 hours without a cover, why am I getting a high ammonia reading? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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First what tests are you using and secondly how long have the cartridges in your Ro/Di been in use since your last replacement
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I am using an API liquid test for the ammonia and the filters for the RO/DI unit were changed a week ago
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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is the make up water testing ammonia or the aquarium? what kind of container? is it food grade? how old is the tank?
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the make up water is testing high ammonia and the container is just a plastic storage bin that has been rinsed out and only used now
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are you using a freshwater test? and getting about a .25 ppm result (cloudy pale yellow)
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:50 PM   #7
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I've been using the right test, I bought a new powerhead and am using a bucket that only has been used for the salt, the ro/di that I tested as fresh before adding salt is reading 0 for ammonia, but after I added salt it jumped on the Saltwater test to .5 in ammonia. I am going to let it mix overnight and recheck the ammonia in the morning, but I keep getting .5 readings or higher. Just don't understand the issue
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I think I would contact the company that made the salt and have them test it. Either way i think i would switch salts or atleast try a different batch
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Test the water straight from the tap. I do believe I've heard of municipal water having small amounts.
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Have a hard time believing that it is the salt. But what kind are you using?
I would assume that it would be coming from your water. You just replaced the filters for your RO/DI unit? What kind of filters?
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