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Zander
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PostSubject: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Wed May 14, 2014 8:44 am

hey guys, i recently was speaking to a very experienced breeder and she told me about the benefits of aquarium salt in my tanks, tanks are peppermint breeding tanks. (ph7-7.2, 0 nitrite, 10-20ppm nitrate)
so looked it up and decided id give it a go, after adding gradually over a week i now have massive ammonia readings. could not figure out why until reading this on seachems website and now I'm in panic mode.

"The biological filter removes ionized ammonia, and, provided it works efficiently, does so to the extent that free ammonia is virtually undetectable. It is often overlooked that free ammonia is toxic to nitrifying bacteria and that high ammonia concentration is a major cause of difficulty in establishing a biological filter.
Ion exchangers remove ionized ammonia, but only in freshwater. The presence of even low concentrations of salts in freshwater interferes significantly with ammonia removal by ion exchange."

any one had this problem and what should i do…

thanks in advance for any help
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PostSubject: Re: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Thu May 15, 2014 1:01 am

How much salt did you add?

Might have killed off you bacteria in the filter all together Sad

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PostSubject: Re: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Thu May 15, 2014 1:08 am

Umm 1 table spoon every 2 or 3 days.
Did what the box said but way less.

Is it gunna have to recycle now with the presence of salt in the water?
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PostSubject: Re: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Fri May 16, 2014 5:05 am

I never use salt.
Keep changing the water and pouring bio-starter.
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PostSubject: Re: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Sat May 17, 2014 7:44 am

doesnt sound like a huge amount of salt.

I think there may be something else going on there. Could there be a dead fish somewhere that you missed?

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PostSubject: Re: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Sun May 18, 2014 4:24 pm

Yea dosed the tanks with stabilty

Wait, i think i did 2 table spoons ever couple of days.
Id say it was salt cause happenes to both tanks
But the peps are in a friends tank so theyre safe lol
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PostSubject: Re: aqaurium salt effecting ammonia removal?   Mon May 19, 2014 5:06 am

personally, I would ditch the salt all together. Bristlenose are an amazonian fish and live in the headwaters (very fresh water). I only ever used salt for medication. never to adjust the water at all

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