Ok so as you know from the title I have ammonia present in tap water. I have recently decided to figure out why i have such a bad problem with ammonia in my tanks... AND so i start at the source, my faucet. I decided to check the water coming out through a 10" carbon block filter. Perhaps the flow rate is to high for it to have contact time but it still has about 1ppm maybe more, the colors in the test tube are hard to match to the cards. anyways after this test i decided to pour some prime in the bucket. and prime as says on the bottle and everyone else tells me should handle it. NOPE still have ammonia present, bout .5ppm or so. And this is with way more prime than is needed for the 2.5 gallons of water I had in the bucket. ANYONE please give me some incite as to what I can do to get good water for the water changes that are apparently going to do no good on gettin out the ammonia. My tanks been up for a while now but I dont believe has ever been able to go through a good cycle because of the issues with ammonia from the start. Ph is right close to 7 nitrites and nitrates are very low and ammonia is through the roof almost always, im worried about this situation and need some better info than "hey use prime and a water change every day" no its not from overfeeding as ive been underfeeding the poor guys for a while tryin to get this under control. Ive decided to stop givin shrimp as its been a mess and have to vaccuum the remains out as soon as they are finished eating. anyways if you can help me or know someone who can please post or message me at [email protected] i have msn messenger to chat or you can email/post/pm here. thanks!