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When carbonate ion (from sodium carbonate, for example) is added to a solution of very pale violet (or sometimes yellowish) hexaaquairon(II) ion, the complex cation acts as a Brønsted acid and loses three protons giving a rust-brown precipitate of the neutral complex triaaquatrihydroxyiron(III).The carbonate ion is protonated to carbonic acid which is unstable and decomposes to carbon dioxide - with effervescence - and water.
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