So I just moved back to college (yay!) and set up Rosie's tank two days ago (yay!) and tested the tap water to make sure it was safe (not yay. More like DEAR SWEET GOD WHY.)
So here are the readings for my oh so safe tapwater:
pH: 7.4 (OK)
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm (!)
Nitrite: 5 ppm (No, not .5, 5, five, FIVE!!!!!)
Nitrate: 30 ppm (!!)
So, my tap water has about 5 times as much nitrite as the EPA currently allows and is close to the limit for nitrate.
Rosie is doing fine, swimming, exploring, hanging out, eating like usual. I'm just worried about her health in the long run.
I'm at a total loss as to what I can do, but here's what I'll try:
1) Test different water sources around campus
2) Get a water conditioner that will help (recommendations?)
3) Use a different water source (recommendations?)
I'll be going to my LFS tonight for more food for her, so if there's any products you'd recommend I can look for them there. If not, there's always Amazon and eBay.
Please help me help my special little girl!