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How long after a wc can tests be preformed ? I dod a large wc last night...75% this morning I tested and now I have ammonia what the hell!!!!
Nitrates are back down to arounf 5 ppm and nitrite is around .5 to 1ppm

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Water change question

Test your tap water...it may have ammonia in it.....if so, use Seachem Prime as your DC of choice.

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Rocksor replied the topic: Water change question

You can test nitrates about 1 hour after a water change. I have chloramine water, so if I test either ammonia or nitrites I wait 48 hours to test ammonia and nitrites after a water change. I prefer to test ammonia and nitrites prior to a water change.

It is not usual to have have nitrites of 0.5ppm out of tap. This is within the safe limits of drinking water.

The best place to test your tap water is the first faucet that connects to the water line. For mine it is the garden hose. Faucets that have the aerator can grow bacteria and cause a higher ammonia or nitrite reading. You can rinse or wipe down these aerators with alcohol to kill the bacteria.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Water change question

Im on city water in am pretty sure we have chloramine as well gotta check. Also I tested nitrites and ammonia out of the tap when I first started up the 40 and both were 0.

So its possible that this was a false positive ? If so why would my tap have 0. Im gonna look at yesterdays tests ( i wrote them down ) but im pretty sure it was 0/ 1 or 2/ and 10 to 20.
I also took out the danios and put them in the 55. Butnwant think that would make things worse

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Water change question

If your tap water is 0ppm for ammonia, you have chlorine in your city water. You can get away with letting the water sit in a container with an airstone to bubble out the chlorine.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Water change question

Do you mean before a water change ? I just hope something didnt mess up cycle

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Water change question

Yes before a water change. Let it aerate for at least 24 hours. Check your water authority reports to confirm they are using chlorine.

What is the ammonia and nitrite reading on your aquarium?
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Water change question

Ammonia was .25 and nitrate was around 5. Gonna check again tonight. I tried googling it and couldn't really find it. I am pretty sure ist chlorine though. Should i just double dose prime after water changes ?

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Water change question

No need to double the dosage. Prime will work up to 4ppm of ammonia. Just dose for the total volume of the aquarium prior to adding the new water.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Water change question

I tested again and ammonia us back down to 0. Rocksor why would that be ? We do have chlorine in our tap i guess either way to get an accurate picture I should test before wc and for ammonia or nitrite wait a day or so ? What make both show up after a wc ?

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