nitrogen cycle in freshwater aquariums
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » nitrogen cycle in freshwater aquariums

nitrogen cycle in freshwater aquariums

This is a discussion on nitrogen cycle in freshwater aquariums within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I want to learn more about the nitrogen cycle and how to keep good water. Particlary what can cause nitrate spikes in established tanks. ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Hillstream Loach
Hillstream Loach
Thick Lip Gourami
Thick Lip Gourami
Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By rsskylight04
  • 1 Post By beaslbob
  • 1 Post By Chesh

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
nitrogen cycle in freshwater aquariums
Old 11-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
 
rsskylight04's Avatar
 
nitrogen cycle in freshwater aquariums

I want to learn more about the nitrogen cycle and how to keep good water. Particlary what can cause nitrate spikes in established tanks. What waterconditions are best for good bacteria... thanks for anything that you know
Chesh likes this.
rsskylight04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
 
Tazman's Avatar
 
Have a look here and it will explain the cycle.

Nitrates are the end product of the cycle, they can be the result of overfeeding, bad maintenance.

I am moving this post as well to the correct section as you posted it in the cichlid section,
Tazman is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Tazman For This Useful Post:
rsskylight04 (11-11-2013)
Old 11-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #3
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rsskylight04 View Post
I want to learn more about the nitrogen cycle and how to keep good water. Particlary what can cause nitrate spikes in established tanks. What waterconditions are best for good bacteria... thanks for anything that you know

In planted tank the plants (even algae) will consume ammonia over nitrate.

So should something go bump in the night, the plants will consume the resultant ammonia and there can be a nitrate spike.

so an occasional nitrate spike could be a sign the tank is "healing" itself from some kinda shock.


my .02
rsskylight04 likes this.
beaslbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
 
Chesh's Avatar
 
In my limited experience, the main reason for a nitrate spike is due to overfeeding, the death of animal or plant-life, or not keeping up on water changes. Basically anything that is increasing the waste in an established tank will cause the nitrates to rise, and the best way to bring them down is to keep on top of the water changes and vacuuming out old waste. Plants will also help to keep the nitrates under control in a tank, particularly noticeable in tanks that are heavily stocked, or stocked with fish that carry a high bioload, like goldfish, livebearers, and some plecs. . .

I'm not sure what water conditions are best for bacteria, but my understanding is that they colonize on the surfaces inside of the tank and in the filter, so when you're cleaning your tank ornaments, or the filter pads, be sure to do so in old tank water, as the chlorine in new, untreated tap water will kill off the bacterial colonies, and can put your tank into a new cycling situation. Some people change out their filter pads monthly, but the advice I see most often is to re-use that old media for as long as you are able, rinsing as needed in old tank water and replacing it when it's clean.

Hope that helps?
rsskylight04 likes this.
Chesh is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Nitrogen Cycle Aqua Hound Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 09-23-2013 06:10 PM
Nitrogen Cycle Question jordanGutts Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 03-07-2012 04:22 PM
Nitrogen cycle?? vlssgrouppa Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 03-20-2011 12:58 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:47 AM.