Re: Newbie dumb mistake?
Originally Posted by havefun
I've been testing my tank while it's cycling for ammo with the Salifert brand test kit. My ammonia box says "NH4
". However, I read in another post that it is NH3
that is the concern. I've searched for a Salifert NH3
kit but can't find any. Also, the reagent for the NH4
kit says NH3
Obviously I'm thoroughly confused at this point and am just going to go to bed!
Salifert's test tests for both.
Free ammonia (NH3
-N) and ionized-ammonia (NH4
+-N) represent two forms of reduced inorganic nitrogen which exist in equilibrium depending upon the pH and temperature of the waters in which they are found. Of the two, the free ammonia form is considerably more toxic to organisms such as fish and, therefore, we pay considerable attention to the relative concencentration of this particular contaminant. Lastly, this free ammonia is a gaseous chemical, whereas the NH4
+ form of reduced nitrogen is an ionized form which remains soluble in water.
32 gallon hex, 34 lbs lr
, Prizm protein skimmer, fluval 104, 1 maxi jet 750, 1 maxi jet 1200 ph
, current 40w 50/50 pc
, 1 NO
powerglo 19watt, 1 daylight NO
65w (equiv), two damsels, 1 green brittlestar, 1 peppermint shrimp, turbo snails, red legged hermit crabs, kenyan tree coral, leather coral, pumping xenia, mushroom coral, green star polyps, orange button polyps