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Old 05-06-2004, 12:05 AM   #1
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Nirogen yo

I know nitrogen cycles, in the whole denitrification deal. Nitrites, Nitrates, Ammonia. I don't member the order. But ammonia is most harmful, and i don't think nitrites are harmful at all? I'm not totally sure about this. I'm just trying to get some nitrogen knowlege out there.
waht do yall know about it?
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Fish produce ammonia in waste, this is poisonous to fish.
Bacteria come and turn it into Nitrite, which I think is still slightly poisonous.
A 2nd bacteria comes and turns it into nitrate. Nitrate is fairly safe for fish unless it is in very high concentrations. Plants will take this up as a food source.
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Old 05-06-2004, 10:43 AM   #3
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Yep ! Ammonia is toxic.

Nitrites interfere with the fish's abibilty to carry oxygen in the blood- it is therefore also toxic. Fish will become lethargic , refuse to eat, become ill .... death

Nitrates are the least harmful of the three, but still can cause problems if concentration is too high.

Order of Nitrogen Cycle : Ammonia to nitrite to nitrate
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