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    I'm helping a friend with her fish and in testing her tap water, it appears there is trace amounts of ammonia present. (API test is faintly green).

    Should the beneficial bacteria, once established, be able to handle this? Anything special that should be done with water changes?
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    What's her pH at? Will there be live plants in the tank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikelodeon79 View Post
    I'm helping a friend with her fish and in testing her tap water, it appears there is trace amounts of ammonia present. (API test is faintly green).

    Should the beneficial bacteria, once established, be able to handle this? Anything special that should be done with water changes?
    Between the water conditioner and the filter this shouldn't be too much of an issue.
    Does she actually drink that water?

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    Just wanted to chime in, I've had a similar experience. I think anyone drinking river water in an agricultural area is going to face the occasional ammonia spike in their tapwater. Either way, I'll be buying a carbon filter for my drinking water!

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    What is the number for the API test [I'm not familiar with it, and have no idea what "green" may signify]?
    Also, the pH and plants as Spardas mentioned are highly relevant.

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    What is the number for the API test [I'm not familiar with it, and have no idea what "green" may signify]?
    Also, the pH and plants as Spardas mentioned are highly relevant.

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    Here is a link to the API color test chart: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/downloads.html
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    The color of the test is somewhere between the green for .5 and the yellow for 0.

    PH is high: 8.2. No live plants.

    And yep, it's the only water source on the place.
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    The color of the test is somewhere between the green for .5 and the yellow for 0.

    PH is high: 8.2. No live plants.

    And yep, it's the only water source on the place.
    Are you/she using the freshwater or saltwater colour card when testing? In the link Slaphppy7 posted, light green for FW is 1 ppm, but for SW is 0.5 ppm.

    Assuming it is only 0.5ppm, my recommendation would be to use a water conditioner that detoxifies ammonia. Several do this--but not all. This will handle the initial influx of ammonia. The bacteria/archaea will easily (or should) handle it after that. Live plants would grab it even faster.

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    I'm using the freshwater test. It's definitely not more than 0.5.

    She is using Prime water conditioner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikelodeon79 View Post
    I'm using the freshwater test. It's definitely not more than 0.5.

    She is using Prime water conditioner.
    OK, that resolves it.
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