Could it be that adding "Easy Balance" or "Easy Balance Plus" (Brand: Tetra) leads to higher ammonia levels in the tank?
I have recently started using reverse osmosis water for every second partial water change, and since "Easy Balance" allegedly "adds the vitamins, minerals and electrolytes needed for vibrant active fish" I have been adding that to my reverse osmosis water.
When I use tap water I do not add Easy Balance.
And it seems that whenever I use Reverse Osmosis water mixed with a little bit of Easy Balance, I get higher ammonia readings as if I use tap water WITHOUT Easy Balance ALTHOUGH my tap water comes with 1ppm ammonia.
Isn't that weird??
Easy Balance does not neutralise chlorine or chloramine; tap water needs to be treated with a conventional water conditioner. Since chlorine and chloramine can be reactive, both are likely to affect water chemistry.
Reverse osmosis water has no minerals if the filter is working properly. This can create pH shifts and thus affect water chemistry. If the RO filter is not working properly, the resultant water will have a few of the same things as the tap water.
Your best option may be to use tap water for every partial water change, and treat it with something like Stress Coat Plus. At least you will know what you're dealing with. In addition, several safe methods are available for gradually decreasing pH and water hardness.
Tetra is a well established and reliable maker of aquarium supplies, but advertising claims can be a bit over stated. In addition, if the use of Easy Balance encourages aquarists to skip partial water changes, the overall effect can be negative. No doubt, the product works as advertised under ideal conditions. But most home aquariums, including mine, do not have absolutely ideal conditions.
Regular partial water changes tend to compensate for some of our mistakes and are probably the best thing to happen for aquariums and aquarists since the transparent syphon hose. A weekly water change of 20 or 25 percent can work wonders.
Thank you, JohnArthur.
I use "Amquel Plus" for tap water and add "Easy Balance" to RO water