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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2012, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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What's the Skinny?: Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia Reducers

1) What are the added chemicals and how do they do what they do? i.e. can you calculate how much nitrate/nitrite/ammonia will be removed?

2) I am interested in what AMQUEL's chemistry consists of to "remove" Nitrate, nitrite, & ammonia

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News to me! I had not run across a product claiming to remove all three. I'm somewhat skeptical. If there is a product to use which would negate the need for changing water, I should think it would be VERY popular but yet almost all experienced fish folks do lots of water changes to keep nitrate in check.

Advertisng hype or new wonder product that has not been discovered by many? A magic formula to avoid water changes????? I think I will wait a bit before buying.
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Well if you go to Seachem's Prime website, it states dechlorinators create ammonia by breaking down chloramine. So it has a binder that detoxifies ammonia. Prime also supposedly detoxifies nitrite and nitrate. I don't know enough chemistry to understand how it would actually work, but the product you are looking at may be similar.
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IT transforms ammonia to ammonium or vice versa. i can't remember which at this point
which ammonia converts to under lower ph conditions on its own anyway....
NO product that im aware of actually removes them. just makes them less toxic

there is no magic formula to cancel water changes.. and probably never will be

u can't beat clean water.. nitrates aren't the real reason to change water. nor phosphates

ORGANIC breakdown plant horomone, fish slime, etc are the realy reasons to change water

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