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Old 03-16-2005, 08:15 PM   #1
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Difference b/w Free & Total Ammonia tests

I recently started to cycle my tank, and was going to start testing for ammonia. I purchsed the Seachem multitest kit, and the ammonia test has free ammonia test and total ammonia test. which one should i run?

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Not a clue but I bet someone here knows,
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in the interpretation it says, "During cycling (i.e.initial aquarium set up stage), it may exceed 20 mg/L. Ammonia exists in two forms, free ammonia (NH3) and ionized ammonia (NH4+), in an equilibrium dependent on pH. Of the two, free ammonia is the most toxic and increases proportionately to increasing pH."
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:43 PM   #4
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Only worry about free ammonia. Ionized ammonia (NH4) is harmless at SW pH levels and not a concern.

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