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post #11 of 15 Old 08-11-2008, 12:25 AM
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really interesting thread fish for all. ive noticed myself how fast green water can come and go. i really wish i had a more than just my 29gal tank. if so i could definitely experiment a bit with how much excess ammonia is needed to bloom green water. it wouldnt be all that hard mostly conversion and concentration problems. also you would think that the excess ammonia would have to be very little in excess to your bioload or you would be able to test for it. also that makes me wonder if they make any more accurate test for even smaller amounts of NH3/NH4 something in the less than .5 ppm. ill check on some of this tomorrow.
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-11-2008, 03:07 AM
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Low oxygen levels tends to also be a key factor to green water.

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post #13 of 15 Old 08-11-2008, 04:18 AM
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As I understand it many of the test kits used by hobbyists don't measure very low concentrations of ammonia like some of the more advanced test kits and ammonia reads zero on most kits when there could be small levels present. Has anyone else heard this?

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post #14 of 15 Old 08-11-2008, 03:02 PM
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I hadn't heard that specifically, but it makes sense. Unless your tank is completely free of any ammonia sources, there's always gonna be some amounts present waiting to be pumped through the filtration and processed by the bacteria.

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post #15 of 15 Old 08-11-2008, 05:42 PM
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There's also a huge difference between NH3 and NH4+, many tests show the results of both, others show only NH3. Personally I've found the Seachem kits to be drastically more accurate than the API tests.
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