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Old 10-04-2006, 12:41 PM   #11
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Elevated levels of ammonia will lower pH. Low pH will result in the retardation of the nitrifying bacteria, which causes a climb in ammonia...

What is your carbonate hardness in dKH?
So, if the pH is low, it kills off the nitrifying bacteria, which would lead to the ammonia? Sorry, just wanted to put it in another way, so that my brain can wrap around it....
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If the pH is low, the ability for the nitrifying bacteria to break down ammonia/nitrites is retarded or slowed. They will not be as effective or productive. This allows the ammonia levels to rise. It does not kill them, just slows them down or possibly makes them dormant, sometimes (in extreme situations) for up to two weeks!
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If the pH is low, the ability for the nitrifying bacteria to break down ammonia/nitrites is retarded or slowed. They will not be as effective or productive. This allows the ammonia levels to rise. It does not kill them, just slows them down or possibly makes them dormant, sometimes (in extreme situations) for up to two weeks!
Awesome! Thanks for "dumbing" it down for me!
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How fresh is your batch of salt? It is dry and powedery still?
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i let the salt sit in the water for 24 hours before i do a water change.
carbonate hardness? eeeyyeeaaahhh? I don't believe i have anything to test for that.
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