Can DW increase Ammonia?

  1. Squirrelmanajh Member Member

    I just added a piece of driftwood, and I'm wondering if it or the tannins can increase the ammonia level? thanks!
  2. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    The only effect that I know of for driftwood is lowering the Ph in the water.

  3. Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    I would not think there would be a need to worry about driftwood increasing ammonia.
    As Wendy stated, slightly lower pH and, me adding, darkening of the water by tannins, should be the only noticeable chemical changes.
  4. Borisbbadd Guest

    I don't think it would have any effect on the ammonia level.

  5. Squirrelmanajh Member Member

    Ok, thanks guys
  6. Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    You are most welcome!
  7. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    The ONLY way it would affect ammonia is of it were rotting and it would take a while for that to happen.

  8. MD Angels Well Known Member Member

    Actually, DW will help decrease the level of toxicity of ammonia, by lowering the ph.

    I know this is not quite what you were asking (does DW decompose and create ammonia), but ph as well as temperature both affect ammonia levels.

    Higher ph and temp. = more toxic levels of ammonia.

    Lower ph and lower temp. = less toxic ammoina.

    So, if anything, DW lowering the ph is a good thing, regarding ammonia. :)
  9. Squirrelmanajh Member Member

    well thank you very much!
  10. MD Angels Well Known Member Member

    You're welcome :)