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[APD] Re: Ammonia and Soil Substrates
After reading what Roger said, and now that I realized what the problem
might be, I've done my homework on this. I found out that ammonia is
released when chloramine is broken up by dechlorinators. So the ammonia
spike after the water changes I have been doing were caused by this.
I then read more carefully the label on the dechlorinator I've been using
for the past year. Originally I had only noticed that the two words
"chlorine" and "chloramine" were on the front label. Now I see that the one
phrase is actually: "Breaks the choramine bond". Well I thought that was
good, but now realize that doing so creates ammonia.
On the back label it says: "To remove ammonia released from
chloramine.....use (another product).
Doing more reseach on the web I found products from other companies that
remove chlorine, chloramines, _and_ ammonia.
So one of my new years resolutions will be to read the labels more carefully
on any product I will be putting in my aquariums.
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