02-05-2012, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
In general, I would not use any product that removes ammonia because this is the plants' preferred source of nitrogen and they can take up a lot of it.
However, in a new tank with few or no plants, yes. But you now have plants and this tank has been running a couple weeks, so I would not.
Third point. Depends upon how the ammonia removal occurs. If the product detoxifies ammonia by changing it to ammonium, that will not hurt; water conditioners that detoxify ammonia work like this, and some other products do too. The plants need ammonium, they can receive it by changing ammonia themselves, or in acidic water ammonia automatically changes to ammonium. The nitrosomonas bacteria use ammonia/ammonium, which ever is present, equally. So no issue here. [Remember, ammonia and ammonium both read as "ammonia" with our test kits.] But if the product does actually remove it completely, I would not. I have seen claims from some products that they do this, but I've no idea if this is true or not. But if they say it, I wouldn't risk it. Anything chemical or artificial that messes with an aquariums bacteria and biological balance is not generally advisable.
thank you. i will stay clear of this. this tank hasn't been running for that long. but i don't want to starve my plants either. i am not 100 percent sure how it changes the ammonia and i don't want to just change it and not actually fix the problem. i am continuing the water changes. also i have turned back on the power filter as my heater is not reaching the other side of my tank without it. so i have turned it on and put it down to the lowest setting. will this make a bad effect?