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Re: [APD] CO2 and PH Control

On Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:37:21 -0000, David Grim <grim1214 at bellsouth_net> wrote:

> I agree. No debate about ammonia toxicity. The pH of an aquarium may not be
> a big factor when all is well and good, but you can see the issue if you
> have an emergency and your ammonia spikes. Then the pH level in your tank
> becomes something to be very aware of. Say my tank is mid 7s normally and I
> have a fish die and rot. I don't notice right away and the ammonia level
> goes way up: What do I do? Get the corpse out of there and do a water
> change, right? But in the meantime while I drain and fill the fish are still
> in there suffering. Before the water change I'd also throw in some acid
> buffer to lower the pH so the amount of NH3 would reduce and hopefully
> reduce the suffering of the fish during the 5-45 minutes it would tank to do
> the water change.

Would a small fish carcass (e.g. a tetra not a whopping great big discus) actually produce much of an ammonia spike in a heavily planted tank, or would it just get 'eaten' quicker than it was produced?

Andrew McLeod
thefish at theabyssalplain_freeserve.co.uk

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