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Old 04-11-2010, 07:14 PM   #1 
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Tap water ammonia

I've recently tested my tap water with the new test kit that I got and the ammonia readings are so high! 3-4 ppm. What the heck!

If I use the tap water in my new 10 gallon will this we bad? I'm going to cycle it so I'm thinking the ammonia will disappear but I'm not sure. Any advice?
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:12 PM   #2 
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I would call your water Dept and ask why the levels are so high.. its not only bad for your fish but bad for you as well.
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:33 PM   #3 
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Well I always thought the water tasted nasty so I never drank it. I get bottled water.

But will the cycle do away with the ammonia in the tap water? Or do I need to find another source of water?

It'll spike my ammonia levels every time I do partial water changes won't it?
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:37 PM   #4 
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I'm not sure.. I think if your cycled it shouldn't make a difference. Using Prime conditioner couldn't hurt either. There's really no way to know unless you do a wc on a cycled tank and test after you do the wc.
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:40 PM   #5 
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Yes, Prime will neutralize ammonia. My water has ammonia in it too but not that high.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:09 PM   #6 
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I just tested it in my bathroom and it's around 2ppm in here. Kitchen sink is about 3.5ppm. Which is odd, considering it comes from the same place. I'll just work with what I have and keep testing as I cycle.

Also, I posted this question in another thread but no one is replying. Should I put my live plants in before I cycle or after?

Can I put plant in after the cycle with out any harm being done?

Will a plant in there during a cycle mess up the results?
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You can add a plant at anytime. Plants are really beneficial as they absorb the nitrates produced.. it won't affect your cycle no matter when you add them.
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I had several plants in my 10 gallon during cycling and it didn't seem to noticeably disrupt anything. Sure, it may have extended the cycling time by not allowing the ammonia to spike too high, but the job got done nonetheless.
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Okay, so get some plants before I start the cycle. Good to know. :)

I have 2 5lb bags of gravel, is that enough for my 10 gallon? Or should I get more?
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that should be enough. Its best to have at least 2" if your going to plant... but do what ever you think looks best.
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