01-29-2010, 05:58 PM
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I'm not sure if it does detoxify nitrite or nitrate, but water conditioners aren't long-term solutions to these sorts of issues. Basically, chemicals in water conditioners bind with whatever it is they detoxify. In the case of ammonia, it converts ammonia to a form that's not toxic to your fish but can still be processed by your bacteria into nitrite and eventually nitrate. So no, it does not work in the way you describe. My guess is that water conditioners that do detoxify nitrite/nitrate work in the same way, so detoxified nitrite would still get converted to nitrate and detoxified nitrate would just stay in the tank until removed via a water change. Nitrate isn't all that toxic to fish though (and can't be broken down in normal aerobic conditions, anyway) so I don't really see much of a point in nitrate detoxification.
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