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    Default Affects of Nitrite and Ammonia on Corals

    Hi,
    I know that Ammonia is a killer for fish, but what are the affects of Ammonia and Nitrite in corals, soft corals to be more specific?
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    Hi James,

    I doubt toxicity with corals has been studied!

    But, I know from other studies relating to anemones that ammonia released from clownfish waste is important to their health. A reason why an anemone may not survive without a clownfish long term. I'm not sure this would be true of nitrite as I'm relatively sure it is not released directly from a fish.

    Ammonia is toxic in marine fish due to the gills and blood stream, as corals don't have these similar structures, its possible it would not suffer from high ammonia/nitrite.

    Remember nitrite isn't toxic to marine fish anyway.

    Hope that adaptation may stimulate some thinking.

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    Hi Aaron,
    Really appreciate your response here. Sadly though it seems like there isn't a "yes" or "no" answer. I did find your information regarding the Nem very informative though, and wonder if that explains the demise that some do seem to experience.
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    Default Re: Affects of Nitrite and Ammonia on Corals

    Well I never knew that a nem needed ammonia from the clowns to help survive so that's something learnt today

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    Default Re: Affects of Nitrite and Ammonia on Corals

    I have never heard about anemones and ammonia either. My tank crashed though and I had high nitrite readings. I lost half of my SPS. LPS started to die off, I don't keep softies... My fish showed signs of stress and disease but I didn't lose any.

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