Measures ammonia to help prevent fish loss

Ammonia buildup is also common in  to safely house fish or otheranimals and fish tanks that are .
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Nakada et al. () also studied Rh expression patterns in larval stages ofzebrafish. Yolk sac larvae showed whole embryo Rhcg1 expression as early as 3days postfertilization (dpf) and specifically on the surface of the yolk sacbeginning at 3 dpf and at the gill beginning at 4 dpf, coinciding withincreased ammonia excretion. Rhcg1 expression was confirmed to be specific tovHMR cells at these early life history stages. Interestingly, when osmolarityof the medium was increased tenfold to approximately 164 mOsm, expression ofRhcg in zebrafish embryos decreased substantially. It is tempting to speculatethat in extremely ion-poor water, where sodium uptake is powered by theH+-ATPase, it makes sense to strongly link NH3 excretionto these cells. Yet, at the higher salt concentration, where Na+entry may occur by other routes (e.g. Na+/H+ exchange),perhaps other ammonia excretion pathways begin to predominate.
The same is true for your fish. The ammonia in the water, if leftunchecked, can lead to  and .
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Fortunately, nature provides us with a relatively simple means of controlling ammonia. The biological filter is what your aquarium needs to eliminate ammonia. A biological filter is a collection of organisms that “filter” the water. The key players are bacterial colonies that live in the filter and throughout the aquarium. They consume oxygen and ammonia. The ammonia is converted to nitrite and then converted into nitrate. Once the ammonia released by the fish is converted by bacteria into nitrate, it is relatively non-toxic to the fish. Overtime fish waste and uneaten food will accumulate in your gravel and start to produce ammonia.
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Photo provided by FlickrAs I understand it you have low ph, high ammonia and yet fish seem to be doing fine.
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The key to avoiding fish death from ammonia poisoning is to not let the ammonia build up in the first place. Completely cycle the tank before adding fish. Even in an well established tank, avoid overstocking. Present ammonia criteria for aquatic systems are based on toxicity tests carried out on, starved, resting, non-stressed fish. This is doubly inappropriate. During exhaustive exercise and stress, fish increase ammonia production and are more sensitive to external ammonia. Present criteria do not protect swimming fish. Fish have strategies to protect them from the ammonia pulse following feeding, and this also protects them from increases in external ammonia, as a result starved fish are more sensitive to external ammonia than fed fish.Like all living creatures, fish give off waste products (pee andpoo). These nitrogenous waste products break down into ammonia (NH3),which is highly toxic to most fishes. In nature, the volume of waterper fish is extremely high, and waste products become diluted to lowconcentrations. In aquariums, however, it can take as little as a fewhours for ammonia concentrations to reach toxic levels.How much ammonia is too much? The quick answer is: if a test kitis able to measure it, you've got too much (i.e., it's in a high enoughconcentrations to stress fish). Consider emergency action (water changesand zeolite clay) to reducethe danger. (A more detailed discussion of can be found later in this section.)