Posts Tagged nitrogen cycle

The Fluidized Bio-Filter

Bio-filters in marine aquariums are of enormous importance. Without the nitrogen cycle that is provided by Nature all aquarists would soon be in trouble. All those bacteria working away so industriously are doing us all a favour. Bio-filtration, or the life support system as some aquarists call

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Oh, no, nitrate…

…and I don’t know why. I’ve live rock and everything seems fine at the moment, but I’m worried.. These words are quite understandable. Over and over again mention is made of seawater quality and how important it is – in fact seawater quality is the number one

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Prepare Your Aquarium By Cycling It

It is essential to have efficient biological filtration in any marine aquarium. This is the bacteria based ‘filter’ that converts dangerous toxins so that the livestock are not threatened. Some aquarists prefer to call this bacterial function ‘life support’ and this name seems appropriate. Without it, or

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First Introduction – Fish Or Invertebrate

The majority of aquarists decide that the first introduction to their aquariums should be a fish yet does it need to be this way. I fully understand why this happens and perhaps this is due to historic reasons where aquarists used hardy fish to assist in the

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Understand The Nitrogen Cycle – Your Livestock Depend On It

Modern reef aquariums try to be as natural as possible. The modern day captive reef would make yesterdays marine aquarists eyes water – they are so beautiful in total and in detail. Fish only systems house fish that would have been impossible to keep not that long

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I’ve Got Bio-Balls, Will I Be Ok?

No, no, you’ve got the wrong end of the stick! It’s not some horrible problem at all, but to do with aquariums. Marine aquariums need bio-filtration, and this is provided by bacteria. The bacteria of course need a place to live and to avail oneself of this

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The Bacteria’s Role In The Nitrogen Cycle

In the marine aquarium, be it a reef tank or a fish only aquarium, the nitrogen cycle is of paramount importance. It is the life support function for all the livestock. Without it, or with a serious deficiency, the livestock will be in serious difficulty and face

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