08-08-2007, 02:20 PM
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I will try here but I have to explain in my "simplistic words" as the question which you have posed seemed "like Voodoo to me also".
This post comes from my experience with my tank as well as the very, very little domestic waste water treatment plant design which I have accomplished.
Yes! No Way: No Way! can the the ammonia and nitrite digestion bacteria population exceed what the nutrient supply will provide.
these bacteria are "very, very little efficient fellers" and were here way before we were.
Two principle conditions exist should an "impact" (or any other type of increased anomalous) "load" of ammonia and/or nitrites become present in the tank water:
1) The quantity of bacteriological filtration media in the filtration process is only sufficient "to handle the typical quantity" of ammonia and nitrite digestion.
I believe that in this case that significant WC's (and the "drawbacks" associated therewith will be necessary).
Also, and this is just noted and not a problem, that these bacteria will also propagate on wood, plant, gravel, rocks etc. in the tank where adequate circulation is available.
2) The quantity of bacteriological filtration media in the filtration process is (like I believe that I have said before and said in West Texan" is if that 2 is the recommended minimum then 4 is nice and 8 will work just fine").
I believe that within hours (if not minutes) these bacteria begin populating exponentially as they have "plenty of surface area" to propagate on.
I may never observe the ammonia and nitrite spike as it will "have gone away" in a period of hours if not days.
I could be "significantly off base here" but the above is the reason that I have "way, way" more than the recommend quantity of biological filtration media in my filtration process.