Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
I just looked up the reaction of acetic acid with water and see that acetate is one of the products.
Also see wiki entries stating that plants can use acetate as an energy and carbon source using the glyoxylate cycle.
However, it's been at least 3 decades since I studied botany/organic chem/biochem so I can't intelligently comment on real time feasibility.
Would be cool to know.
The other product (of the reaction) is the hydronium ion which is a sourse of H+ but I doubt that the pH would even drop when using a few drops of vinegar which is only 5% acetic acid anyway. May be a potential issue with accumulated use and no water changes, or non-existent buffering ability by the tank water?
I'm sure there's other bio- and chem-science experts there who can chime in.
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