old tank syndrome

Old Tank Syndrome

cleaning fish tank substrate with gravel vacuum

What is Old Tank Syndrome? This occurs in fish tanks and ponds with the following water quality parameters: pH: <6.0 Alkalinity (kH): <50 mg/L, usually 0 mg/L Ammonia: >1.5 mg/L Nitrite: >0 mg/L Nitrate: >40 mg/L The loss of buffers (alkalinity) can lead to pH swings and a pH crash. The low pH actually protects …

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