The combined effect of temperature, pH and ammonium concentration over the nitrite accumulation phenomena in situations of free ammonia inhibition, their effect over the ammonia and nitrite oxidizer microorganiisms influence over the nitrification, have been studied in an Up-flow Biological Aerated Filter (UBAF).

The free ammonia inhibition effect highly depends on the values of pH, temperature and ammonium concentration. For the same specific free ammonia concentration different values of temperature, pH and ammonium concentration bring about different nitrite accumulations. In conditions of no free ammonia inhibition and low values of temperature and pH, high ammonium concentrations bring about a higher relative activity of ammonia oxidizer microorganisms of the filter increases the nitratation efficiency in zones close to the outlet and will favour the nitrite accumulation in situations of free ammonia inhibition.

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