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Old 11-21-2012, 01:29 AM   #1 
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If there is ammonia in my tap water?

It was just brought to my attention that there could be ammonia in fresh tap water! If there is, is there any special precautions that I need to take? Or could I just take care of my betta "normally" (meaning the normal water change schedule).
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:17 AM   #2 
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There are some water conditioners that will remove ammonia along with chlorine and etc, I dont have ammonia in my tap, but i use Aqueon conditioner and it says on the bottle that it will remove it. SO i'm sure there are others that will do the same.
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Oh okay. I just looked at my bottle of prime and it says it removes ammonia. So I guess as long as you have a good water conditioner that does that, it doesn't matter if there is ammonia in your tap/source water, right?
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:14 PM   #4 
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The conditioner will turn ammonia into ammonium or something like that which is not harmful for the betta. I have ammonia in my tap water as well and even after I use the conditioner and test the water it still shows a 0.25ppm ammonia. This is because the test cannot distinguish between ammonia and ammonium. I take 0.25 as my base reading for ammonia now
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The conditioner will turn ammonia into ammonium or something like that which is not harmful for the betta. I have ammonia in my tap water as well and even after I use the conditioner and test the water it still shows a 0.25ppm ammonia. This is because the test cannot distinguish between ammonia and ammonium. I take 0.25 as my base reading for ammonia now
Yeah but that means the conditioner makes the tap water safe, even if it has ammonia to begin with, right?
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:25 PM   #6 
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It should as long as it says it'll remove ammonia.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #7 
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I heard that it neutralizes ammonia for up to 48 hours. Does that mean that any NEW ammonia produced after that will not be neutralized by the conditioner? All the neutralized ammonia doesn't come back and turn back into ammonia all of the sudden right?
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:06 PM   #8 
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Your fish will produce ammonia, I do believe.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #9 
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yes, they will.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:08 PM   #10 
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I don't think you have to worry about the ammonia changing back, but the ammonia produced by your fish.
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