I don't recall sigma-Alrich, Fisher scientific or any other chemical company marketing to the aquarium cycle/plant market.
No, but the ammonium bicarb was free, and it seems tricky to find ammonia in Canada without any surfactants. It is used widely in the baking industry in place of yeast so it isn't just a laboratory grade product.
How are you going to get the Sodium acetate out? Will it react with metal earth ions (Ca,Mg,Na) ?
I am assuming that adding acetate will likely bond with the cations and will be removed with water changes. Also, it may be consumed by heterotrophic bacteria but I'm not sure. My theory was to add the acetate to allow the ammonium bicarb to dissociate (by consuming hardness) and then hopefully I wouldn't have it lingering in the background to slowly dissociate over time. Given that my local water is at a pH close to 8, I don't want to take my chances with even low levels of ammonia. The benefit of acetate is that it converts NH3 (present due to my high initial pH) into NH4 which is what the nitrifying bacteria need. The side effect is that I think CO2 was likely released and now I have some weird algae type stuff on my plants.
1) Le-Chatliers Principle - Add some plants, floating and planted wisteria are great beginner plants, then add fish around your already living aquascape
2) You're a smart chemist if you're doing this without living fish in the tank.
3) ...very smart. Now you can contact the patent attorney.
This post is not intended to insult you. I'm interested in your travels. A carbon filter might be your friend in this experiment.
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What happened to just adding fish and water, and replacing water every couple of days?
My tank is already planted with Wisteria, Crpyt Wendtii, Riccia, Dwarf Hairgrass (very brown), pygmy chain swords and a moss ball. This is why I was concerned that ammonia levels didn't drop in 2 weeks.
Post isn't insulting, more like you're taking jabs at over complicating what should have been a natural, fairly straightforward process. I'm not a chemist (unfortunately). I added this stuff before thinking it through and now am in a world of uncertainty. The purpose of my post, I suppose, is to warm anyone else who may have encountered this and thought it would be a bit easier than adding fish food. If you interpreted my post as me trying to sound smart, it wasn't my intention. I was trying to point out how unnecessarily complicated and uncertain this method is.