Originally Posted by nmaybyte
Something that I don't understand is when I'll test my water that I've primed and such and I still get a .25 ppm for Ammonia. This is the water I've PRIMED. So...wtc is up with that. Apparently it's not detoxifying all of the water.
Some dechlorinators that bind with ammonia changes it to ammonium that is fish safe and can still be used by both live plants and nitrifying bacteria to establish the nitrogen cycle...the testing products can't tell the difference between the two.....you can usually go to the web-site of the dechlorinator you use and it will give you this information and suggested testing products that are compatible.....watch the fish and the fish will usually tell you which it is....either ammonia or ammonium.......
Also, test your source water as well to rule that out as the reason for the ammonia reading....