Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Nitrates eat ammonia.
The rest of the story: Look out! Chemical compounds have morphed into biological organisms that consume other compounds! AAHHHH!!!
Ammonia (NH3) is a chemical compound that is digested by bacteria during the first step of the nitrogen cycle. Nitrate (NO3) is a chemical compound that is the end result of the 3-step nitrogen cycle. Without ammonia, you’ll never get nitrates, but nitrates have no bearing on ammonia during the nitrogen cycle.
Also, the chemical makeup of nitrates makes for a stable compound that has no interest in interacting with ammonia.
If you want to lower ammonia, you’ll need bacteria, ammonia absorbing media, or a water change to do it, not nitrates.Browse the Store! Questions?