02-20-2012, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by AbbeysDad
Mikaila is correct. Although the spring water is likely very good for your turtle, it's natural state is no different in an aquarium than lake, well or city water. It isn't until natural pollution (decaying organic matter) occurs in our closed system aquariums that beneficial bacteria colonies develop to convert ammonia to nitrites and nitrites to nitrates. These beneficial bacteria do not live in the water column, but rather on and within solid [platform] surfaces.
Although the amphibian turtle would be less affected any fish would soon have difficulty unless/until the tank was fully cycled.