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Old 08-08-2006, 10:00 AM   #1
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will a PUR or similar water filter remove ammonia from tap ?

I have a serious problem with ammonia in my tap water. It is causing me a lot of trouble in my tanks, making it difficult to get them stable. Tap tests between 2 and 3 PPM ammonia. Will a water filtration device like a PUR remove ammonia? If so, can I hook my python to one?
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Old 08-08-2006, 10:53 AM   #2
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Seachem Prime is supposed to bind ammonia (which will not harm fish) until the biological filter can remove it.
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Ouch, that's really unlucky with your tap water. I know there is a product called AmmoLock out there which allegedly removes ammonia from tap and tank water but I've never used it so don't know if it's something that might work.

Do you use an external canister filter? What filtration do you currently use? If you can somehow build up a sizeable amount of nitrosomonas bacteria, it will at least help...
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AmmoLock isn't the best product to use. It actually makes the ammonia unavailable to your biological filter, starving it.

Prime is the right product to use - it binds the ammonia so that it is no longer harmful but still makes the ammonia available to the biofilter.
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even using prime only gets me down to .5ppm.
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even using prime only gets me down to .5ppm.
most test kits give you total NH3. if you are using prime or have a low PH then most, if not all, of the NH3 is in the form of NH4. which is harmless to fish.
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Is this city water? Is this well water? This level of ammonia is unacceptable for you, not just your fish.
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city water. i already called the water dept.
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if the city wont fix it. i think there some company that actually put purifing systems in ur house. its expensive at first. but i dont think theres nothing to pay for after. instead of pay 20-30 dollars a month every month.. or how ever u use it. usually they only last for a month just for normal use tho and not intended for doing that many water changes so something more serious maybe needed
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i think brita filters out ammonia, and isnt brita and pur the same company?
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