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Nitrate
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What Is Nitrate?

Nitrate, commonly confused with nitrite, is the last step in the nitrogen cycle of your fish tank. It is the least toxic of the bunch (ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate), but it can still be toxic – even if it is at high levels.

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nitrite
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What Is Nitrite?

Nitrite is the second stage of the nitrogen cycle in your aquarium. It usually occurs after ammonia is converted by bacteria to nitrite. More specifically, when ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) oxidizes ammonia.

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gh
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What Is GH?

When a fish is said to like hard or soft water, the GH is what they’re referring to. GH, short for General Hardnes, measures magnesium and calcium.

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Alkaline
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What Does Alkaline Mean?

Alkaline is a term that’s used to describe the water’s pH. When it’s high, the water is said to be alkaline, when it’s low, it’s said to be acidic.

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What Does Alkalinity Mean?

Alkalinity is the measurement of your water’s ability to neutralize acidic ions in the water usually through bicarbonates, carbonates, or hydroxides.

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acidophile
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What Is An Acidophile?

An acidophile is an organism that thrives in acidic conditions. Scientifically, these organisms live in a pH of 2.0 or 4.0, depending on the definition.

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