Can DW increase Ammonia?

Discussion in 'Driftwood' started by Squirrelmanajh, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Squirrelmanajh

    SquirrelmanajhValued MemberMember

    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

    Wendy LubianetskyWell Known MemberMember

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

    DinoFishlore VIPMember

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

    SquirrelmanajhValued MemberMember

    Ok, thanks guys
  6. Dino

    DinoFishlore VIPMember

    You are most welcome!
  7. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator 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

    MD AngelsWell Known MemberMember

    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. OP

    SquirrelmanajhValued MemberMember

    well thank you very much!
  10. MD Angels

    MD AngelsWell Known MemberMember

    You're welcome :)

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