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Old 01-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #11 
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Well I called my water company and they told me they only add .22mg/L (or ppm) to the water. So I have no idea why my tap water would be showing the ammonia reading to be 2.0 ppm. I even tested the filtered water that comes from the tap and it still reads 1.0 ppm. So I have no idea what to think!! I am too scared to use my tap water now. Sigh...this is really frustrating!
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Sorry I did not clarify...they add .22mg/L of ammonia to the water.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #13 
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Jeaninel...I did not test my water without Prime...I will do that now. Didn't think to do that.
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Ok..I tested my tap water WITHOUT using Prime and it was terrible!! It looks to be close to 4.0ppm I think. What should I do? I took a picture of the test, but I do not know how to upload a photo.
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Did they say why they add ammonia? Chlorine, I understand. But ammonia?

Is your water filter a charcoal filter? Some use salts to condition (?) the water. That's not good.

When you get your tank cycled and, maybe, planted, it will easily remove 1.0ppm of ammonia. Probably more.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:19 PM   #16 
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Hallyx...they did not say why they add ammonia and I didn't think to ask that question. We have a seperate filtered water spiket next to the faucet for filtered water. We use a basic GE Smart Water filter that is installed for our filter system. But I tested both the filtered and regular tap water and they were not much different in ammonia levels. The only other thing I have found from reading is this:

Municipal water systems disinfect with chlorine and chloramine. The chloramine is a compound of chlorine and ammonium, which does not evaporate in long supply lines.

Ammonium is not as reactive or harmful as ammonia, but it often gives a positive reading on tests. I just still have a hard time believing that it would show a test result this high for ammonia even if it is testing positive for Ammonium.

I don't know...guess I will just stick to Spring Water until I can figure this out or someone can instruct me on what to try next.
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